Complaints about pornography and obscenities drove Serebrennikov to criminal case

Complaints about pornography and obscenities drove Serebrennikov to criminal case
Kirill Serebrennikov

The investigation, which involved the director of Gogol Center, was initiated in 2015 after a prosecutor's inspection.⁠

The criminal case, involving Kirill Serebrennikov, within which his workplace, the Gogol Center, and home were searched on Tuesday, May 23, was initiated following a prosecutor's inspection. The reason for the latter were complaints about "foul language, propaganda of immoral behavior and pornography" in theatrical productions created for budgetary money, Meduza reports, citing a source in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

According to the publication, in 2015 the Art Without Borders foundation turned to the Prosecutor's Office. In the same year, the fund organized an exhibition On the Bottom, in which he demonstrated photographs of resonant performances and indicated the amount of public funds allocated to the productions.

In 2016, the Art Without Borders foundation received a presidential grant for "creating patriotic, creative content and introducing citizens to it." The amount of the grant was four million rubles ($70.800).

Recall that the ICR earlier had stated that the searches were related to the criminal case of embezzlement of a large amount from the budget allocated in 2014 to the non-profit organization The Seventh Studio. The founder of this company is Serebrennikov. According to investigators, the case is related to the theft of 200 million rubles ($3.5m).

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