Defendant in high-profile case against art director Serebrennikov hides in Latvia

Defendant in high-profile case against art director Serebrennikov hides in Latvia
Ekaterina Voronova

The defendant in the art director Serebrennikov‘s case left Russia on the tourist bus.⁠

Producer of The Seventh studio Ekaterina Voronova left Russia to avoid criminal prosecution. According to the investigation, Voronova left Russia on a tourist bus, which was travelling to Latvia. Voronova is accused of embezzling the budget funds of The Seventh Studio together with the director Serebrennikov. At the moment, Voronova was arrested in absentia. This is reported by TASS with reference to the materials of the case, announced in the Moscow City Court.

"In May, Voronova left the territory of the Russian Federation in order to conceal the traces of the crime, setting off for the Republic of Latvia," they announced in court.

At this hearing Voronova's arrest in absentia was found lawful, despite attempts to controvert the decision. The court arrested the producer of The Seventh Studio at the end of September for two months. She was declared internationally wanted in connection with the charge under Swindling (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

The prosecution believes that the director of the Gogol Center, Kirill Serebrennikov, together with the leadership of The Seventh Studio he created, stole 68 million rubles ($1.1m) from the budget allocated for the Platforma project, aimed at popularizing theatrical art.

Serebrennikov himself, as well as general director of The Seventh Studio Yuri Itin and chief accountant of the company Nina Maslyaeva, who admitted guilt, are under house arrest. Former general producer of The Seventh Studio Alexey Malobrodsky is in custody. On the eve the measure of restraint was prolonged to all the defendants of the case until January 19, 2018.

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