Ex-accountant of Serebrennikov’s studio arrested over $21.2-thousand embezzlement
Today, on May 27, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow considered the investigation’s petition on the arrest of former chief accountant of Sedmaya Studiya (Seventh Studio) Nina Maslyaeva and imposed a preventive measure in the form of 2-month detention.
Let us recall that, as previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Nina Maslyaeva is a defendant in the criminal case of 1.286-million-ruble ($21,200) embezzlement, allocated by the Ministry of Culture for the organization of Platforma project. It is noteworthy that this episode with embezzlement of budget funds is part of the criminal case of 200-million-ruble embezzlement, which the state had allocated for the development and popularization of art.
It should be noted that earlier the woman had pleaded guilty and was ready to cooperate with the investigation; however, after being charged, she began to deny her guilt and recanted earlier testimony. Meanwhile, her fault in the perfect crime is confirmed not only by her testimony, but by testimony of the witnesses, including Kirill Serebrennikov.
According to Head of the Ministry of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, the department was aware of the ongoing investigation into the embezzlement of funds and searches at the Gogol Center and at the house of film director Kirill Serebrennikov. In total, 200 million rubles ($3.5mln) were embezzled during the period from 2011 to 2014.
In addition, the court placed Director General of Sedmaya Studiya Yury Itin under house arrest the other day. The man is another defendant in this criminal case of budget funds embezzlement, but he does not admit his guilt.
After scaring Dagestan with inspections, arrests, and searches, the interdepartmental commission of the Prosecutor General’s Office and ICR has identified key priorities for the regional watchdog authority. After the crackdown on the old clan-based system, the management reforms became more constructive – however, another wave of criminal cases, terminations, and arrests is expected in the republic. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what other Dagestani officials are currently at risk.