"We are ready for any questions and have nothing to hide." Kirill Serebrennikov comments on searches for the first time

"We are ready for any questions and have nothing to hide." Kirill Serebrennikov comments on searches for the first time
Kirill Serebrennikov

The Investigative Committee is working on a criminal case of 200 million rubles ($3.5m) allocated to the theater company Sedmaya Studiya by the Ministry of Culture that had been stolen.

Film director Kirill Serebrennikov has commented on the searches that had been carried out at his place and at Gogol Center theater in the case of embezzlement of budget funds. "We are ready for any questions and have nothing to hide," the director wrote on Facebook.

"Sometimes things happen in life that you are not ready for, and cannot be ready for. That's what happened to me, my friends and colleagues in Platforma project <...> Now we will have to prove that Platforma did take place. And we will prove this. The truth is always easy to say. Even if the circumstances in which you must say it came out of a monstrous injustice," Serebrennikov wrote.

The director thanked the actors, other directors and viewers for the support he received after the searches.

"My favorite theater Gogol Center, the whole team, all the actors, all the spectators, who have brought us a tone of flowers the past days, thank you very much for your support! And I'm very sorry that this situation has affected you indirectly," Kirill Serebrennikov wrote.

The Investigative Committee is working on a criminal case of 200 million rubles ($3.5m) allocated to the theater company Sedmaya Studiya by the Ministry of Culture that had been stolen. Kirill Serebrennikov is the founder of the studio. His house was searched on May 23, after which the director was interrogated in the ICR. After the questioning, he was released on the obligation to appear before the investigator. Serebrennikov is on trial as a witness.

Two persons have been detained in the embezzlement case: former Sedmaya Studiya CEO Yuri Itin and its former chief accountant Nina Maslyaeva. Itin was put under house arrest on May, 25; Maslyaeva got an extended custody pending trial. According to Maslyaeva’s lawyer, she is willing to plead guilty and make a deal with the investigation. Itin said he was not guilty of embezzlement, but "admits negligence" on his part.

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