Serebrennikov took loans to pay salaries for Platforma actors
The director is under investigation on suspicion of embezzling more than 130 million rubles ($2.1m).
The director and artistic director of the Gogol Center, Kirill Serebrennikov, who is involved in a criminal case of embezzling more than 130 million rubles, said that he had to take out loans to pay off disbursements of the staging in the framework of the Platforma theatrical project. According to him, he suggested the producers to pledge their apartment, reports the Dozhd television channel, which got acquainted with the case materials.
Accountant of Gogol Center Nina Maslyaeva gave testimonies against Serebrennikov. She confessed to the theft of five million rubles and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Another figurant of the case is producer Ekaterina Voronova (hiding from the investigation). According to the documents of the investigation, she persuaded Serebrennikov to take loans from banks.
During the interrogation, Serebrennikov said that the Ministry of Culture had delayed the transfer of money. According to him, "Voronova persuaded to take bank loans to pay for performances, assuring that the tranche must be transferred."
According to the materials of Serebrennikov's confrontation with chief accountant Maslyaeva, which Dozhd received, "Serebrennikov learned from the accountant that there was not enough money for the performances, and there was a lack of documents in the accounting records."
Recall, in August 2017 Serebrennikov was accused of creating an organized group to steal budgetary funds allocated by the Ministry of Culture for the implementation of the theatrical educational project Platforma. The investigation put forward a version according to which Serebrennikov created The Seventh Studio for the misappropriation of funds. Directors of the studio cashed the stolen money through one-day firms.
In addition to Serebrennikov, Maslyaeva and Voronova, former CEO of the Gogol Center Alexey Malobrodsky, director of the RAMT Sofia Apfelbaum and director of The Seventh Studio Yuri Itin are charged in this case.