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 release of authoritative thief-in-law Tariel Oniani (Taro) became a milestone event for the criminal world. The conflict with followers of Ded Khasan was put on hold for the duration of his almost 10-year-old prison term – the rival parties were waiting for the first steps of Taro. However, the law enforcement authorities decided to procrastinate the intrigue further and detained the crowned thief for 40 days immediately after his release. Still, taking that ‘thief № 1’ Shakro Molodoy is serving a prison term, his successor Shishkan keeps low profile, while other thieves-in-law are either abroad or disorganized, Taro has a chance to reassert himself as a serious power.