MOSCOW, June 13 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court has suspended until June 20 its hearing of the Russian Authors Society's motion to cancel the tax inspectorates decision to charge it $17.1 million in additional taxes, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/ on Wednesday.

The reason for the suspension has not been specified. The case is being considered behind closed doors upon the claimants request, as some private information could be exposed in the trial.

The court earlier reported that the Federal Tax Service's inspectorate in Moscow ordered the society to transfer nearly 560 million rubles to the tax service in additional charges for VAT, profit tax, tax on incomes derived by a foreign company from sources in Russia, penalties and fees.

The court suspended the tax services order upon the societys request until the court's judgment on the matter comes into force.

The society stated in the motion that it does not possess funds transferred to its accounts, but rather distributes them among copyright holders. The tax service's order thereby violates its rights.

The Russian Authors Society represents the interests of nearly 2 million foreign copyright holders in the music sphere in Russia.