Serebrennikov was up to cashing in through Seventh Studio
One of the witnesses said in the court that he personally carried out orders of Itin and Maslyaeva on cashing in of the organization's money.
A question of extension of a house arrest to director Kirill Serebrennikov was considered today in the Basmanny Court of Moscow, the investigation read testimonies of witnesses.
According to new information, The Seventh Studio had a ‘slate club’ and the artistic director of the Gogol-center perfectly knew about it. In particular, certain Valery Sinelnikov pointed to it. According to him, he personally carried out instructions of the studio’s accountant Nina Maslyaeva and also director Yuri Itin on cashing in of means. He discussed the conditions with the defendants in the case via e-mail and SMS.
Kirill Serebrennikov called testimonies of the witness absurd.
It should be added that a list of people who stood bail for the director was represented in the trial by defense. In particular, honorary artist of the USSR Joseph Kobzon, rapper Oxxxymiron (Miron Fedorov), director Stanislav Govorukhin, actor Sergey Bezrukov and others are mentioned in it.
To recall, Kirill Serebrennikov is accused of embezzlement of 68 million rubles ($1.1 million), which the Ministry of Culture allocated for the project about modern art called Platforma. The director denies his fault. Also, Nina Maslyaeva mentioned above and Yuri Itin are connected to the case.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.