Searches at famous director Serebrennikov's Gogol Center linked to contact with Moscow Department of Culture
The criminal case initiated upon theft of 200 million rubles ($3.5m); it was initiated in 2015 under the Swindling article.
The Investigative Committee of Russia officially confirmed the operational activities holding at Gogol Center director Kirill Serebrennikov's premises. The searches are connected with the criminal case of embezzling a large sum from the budget allocated in 2014 to the nonprofitable organization 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).
The criminal case was initiated in 2015 under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling), according to Meduza. It is about the money that the Department of Culture of Moscow allocated to the Kirill Serebrennikov's project Platform for the popularization of culture. The resolution states that on behalf of the culture department the contract was signed by Sofia Apfelbaum (now she works as a director of the Russian Academic Youth Theater). According to some reports, searches are conducted against her, as well as at the Vinzavod (Platform - a pilot project by Kirill Serebrennikov, which was opened in October 2011 at Vinzavod).
It is also noted that operational activities are carried out without the sanction of the court, and by the decision of the investigator Fedutinov, because "it is priority case."
According to Interfax, Serebrennikov is a witness on trial. Recall that law enforcement officers searched the apartment of Kirill Serebrennikov and Gogol Center on the morning of May 23. It was reported that the events are held at 17 addresses in Moscow, including in the apartment of the director and the theater itself.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.