Police come to Gogol-center director Kirill Serebrennikov with search warrant
According to certain sources, the searches are related to an embezzlement case of 1.2 million rubles ($21.200).
Law enforcement bodies are conducting searches at 17 Moscow addresses associated with Gogol-center artistic director Kirill Serebrennikov, including his apartment and the theater. There has been no official comment on the information. However, according to the Telegram channel Mash, the Moscow Investigative Committee is carrying out the operation. A criminal case of embezzlement has been filed.
The theater may experience some serious financial issues, so all the accounting documentation is being withdrawn. Although the figure is now 1.2 million rubles ($21.200), it could increase to 50 million rubles soon ($884.450).
According to the channel, Kirill Serebrennikov, as well as both the acting and the former director of the center will be questioned. The director’s lawyer is already on his way.
Otkrytaya Rossiya (Open Russia) has posted a photo that shows a car with a number plate of a government authority near the service entrance to the theater. This particular number belongs to the FSB of Russia.
We should add that the film director had had trouble with the law before, associated with the contradictory nature of his art. For example, in 2013, the police conducted a check in the theater acting upon some complaints about Serebrennikov’s play called “Weirdoes”.
In Kabardino-Balkaria, an officer of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service on Customers' Rights Protection and Human Well-being Surveillance) had received a bribe for protection. The businessman, who had given the bribe, has turned to police.
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