Investigators applied for prolongation of film director Serebrennikov’s arrest

Investigators applied for prolongation of film director Serebrennikov’s arrest
Kirill Serebrennikov

The artistic director of Gogol Center is charged with Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code) on August 22. He himself calls the accusations absurd.

The investigation asked to prolong the house arrest of director Kirill Serebrennikov until January 19, 2018, RIA Novosti reported.

The artistic director of Gogol Center is charged with Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code) on August 22. The director is accused of organizing the theft of about 68 million rubles ($1.1m), allocated in 2011-2014 for the implementation of the project Platforma.

Earlier, the court elected a preventive measure in the form of house arrest. On September 4, the Moscow City Court denied a complaint of Serebrennikov's lawyers against this decision, leaving Serebrennikov under house arrest until 19 October. The director was allowed daily walks from 18:00 to 20:00. In addition, he can meet up with lawyers.

Serebrennikov called the charges brought against him fabricated and absurd. He claimed that all the money received from the budget was spent on theatrical productions. The list of guarantors consists of about 80 people, among who there are a lot of famous cultural figures.

We would like to remind you that besides Mr. Serebrennikov, four more people are charged upon this case: former general director of the theatrical company The Seventh Studio Yuri Itin, former general director of Gogol Center Alexey Malobrodsky, former chief accountant of The Seventh Studio Nina Maslyaeva and producer of the Midsummer Night's Dream play Ekaterina Voronova.

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