New criminal counts found within art director Serebrennikov's case
Now the investigation is carrying out a set of measures aimed at establishing all those involved.
The Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) opened criminal cases against several other persons who may be involved in the theft of budget money through theatrical company The Seventh Studio of Kirill Serebrennikov. This was stated at the Basmanny Court hearing, held today, by the ICR investigator. "There are grounds to believe that there are other people involved in the criminal case. Now the investigation is carrying out a set of measures aimed at establishing all those involved," RIA Novosti quoted the investigator.
The ICR investigator also asked the court to hold today's court session closed for the sake of former chief accountant of The Seventh Studio Nina Maslyaeva's safety, who testified against the director. However, the Basmanny Court refused to allow the appeal.
Recall that during the hearing, which considers the prolongation of the house arrest of Kirill Serebrennikov, former head of The Seventh Studio Yuri Itin, Nina Maslyaeva and producer Alexey Malobrodsky, the investigator announced testimony of witnesses. So it follows that in The Seventh Studio there was a 'state club' for cashing money, and the theater's leaders knew about it. The court also presented a protocol of interrogation of witness Valery Sinelnikov, who, according to the ICR, cashed out funds for The Seventh Studio. Kirill Serebrennikov called these statements absurd.
It should be added that a list of people who stood bail for the director was represented in the trial from the side of the defense. In particular, the people's artist of the USSR Joseph Kobzon, rapper Oxxxymiron (Miron Fedorov), director Stanislav Govorukhin, actor Sergey Bezrukov and others are mentioned in it.
To recall, Kirill Serebrennikov is accused of embezzlement of 68 million rubles ($1.1 million), which the Ministry of Culture allocated for the project about modern art called Platforma. He denies his guilt.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.