Trial against Serebrennikov and Seventh Studio to begin on October 25
The arrest terms of the director, Yuri Itin and Sofia Apfelbaum were extended.
The Meshchansky District Court of Moscow extended house arrest imposed on the art-director of the Gogol Center, Kirill Serebrennikov, until April 3, 2019. He is accused of stealing at least 133 million rubles ($ 2 million) during the project called Platforma, implemented by the company Sedmaya Studia (Seventh Studio). The first court hearing on the merits is scheduled for October 25, Novaya Gazeta reports.
On October 17, the court extended the arrest terms of two other persons involved in the case of Sedmaya Studia: the former CEO of Sedmaya Studia, Yury Itin, and the director of the Russian Academic Youth Theater, Sofia Apfelbaum. The former director of the Gogol Center, Alexey Malobrodsky, and producer Yekaterina Voronova, who is on the international wanted list, are also persons of interest in the case. All defendants deny their guilt. The case of Nina Maslyaeva, the company’s accountant is heard separately due to her plea bargain.
The Ministry of Culture allocated 214 million rubles ($ 3,27 million) for the Platforma project, thanks to which Sedmaya Studia staged several performances in 2011-2014. However, the investigation believes that part of the budget money was stolen.
The official car of former Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor and now Deputy Head of the Department of Project Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation, Maksim Ksenzov, tried to ram two foreign cars, after which an unknown person, who jumped out of the third car, crashed the car mirrors and beat up his driver.
The owner of the Norebo Group, Vitaly Orlov, seems to be having more problems every day. No sooner had he been recognized as Russia’s richest fishing industrialist with a net worth of over $1 billion that he got bombarded with lawsuits and criminal cases. So far, they have only been coming from his former business partner. However, taking into account all the new facts that indicate some opaque business practices at best, the authorities may take some issues with the billionaire as well, since there have been discrepancies in the figures of the fish supplied abroad, the prices, and the final profit, which may indicate attempted tax avoidance.
Crimea faces storm again. Sergey Aksenov may lose his post. Perhaps, he decided to play it safe and arrange a public scandal – his appointee to the Head of the Simferopol administration post. It is believed that Igor Lukashev and his seven deputies were allegedly dismissed due to the significant number of complaints from citizens about the traffic collapse, the poor state of road maintenance and cleaning of the city. The CrimeRussia tries to find out the real reason for the resignation of the Simferopol administration.