Moscow. June 21. INTERFAX.RU — Russian cultural figures wrote an open letter to the Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova with a request to personally see the results of the assessments carried out in the so-called “Seventh Studio” and to withdraw the claim of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation to the Director Kirill Serebrennikov and other defendants in the case, a letter signed by nearly 3.5 thousand people.

“on the eve of the court decision art Directors of theatres, Directors, actors, critics, playwrights, teachers, artists, musicians, public figures, journalists and other concerned people put their signatures under the letter to the Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova. The appeal, initiated by the Director Michael Bychkov, cultural figures appeal to withdraw the claim for damages to the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and thus to contribute to the equitable resolution process,” said the authors.

“We call on You personally to see the results of the examinations and to withdraw the claim of the Ministry of culture to Kirill Serebrennikov, Alexei Malopolski, Sophia Apfelbaum and Yuri Itino, thus ensuring a fair outcome and a fair sentence. Now from Your participation in this matter, from the fairness of Your position on the future of the decent talented people who have made a significant contribution to the development of Russian theater” — authors to the Windows.

an open letter June 20, signed by nearly 3.5 thousand people, including theatre and film personalities, actors, Directors, screenwriters, writers, journalists, literary and film criticism, including film Directors Pavel Lungin, Aleksandr Khvan, Harry Bardin, Yuri Butusov, Konstantin Bogomolov, Aleksei frandetti, Viktor Ryzhakov, actors Liya Akhedzhakova, Kseniya Rappoport, Pavel Ustinov, Maxim Vitorgan, Aleksandr Filippenko, Aleksey Serebryakov, Olga Volkova, Danila Kozlovsky, Evgenia Dobrovolskaya, Chulpan Khamatova. In addition, a letter signed by the writer Tatyana Tolstaya, musician Andrei Makarevich, the rector of the Studio School Mat Igor zolotovitski, Director Gogol-center Aleksey Kabeshev writer Alexander Molchanov, film critic Anton Dolin, artistic Director of theater “Modern” Yury Grymov, the President of the “Solzhenitsyn Fund” Natalya Solzhenitsyn, Honored trainer of the USSR Tatiana Tarasova and others.

the Defendants in the so-called “Seventh Studio” are charged with theft of 133 million rubles from the budget allocated in 2011-2014 based Serebrennikov the Autonomous non-profit organization to implement the project on promotion and development of contemporary art “Platform” (part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code).

the investigation of the main case in 2018 was completed in October 2018�� it was pending at the Meshchansky court. On the dock were four people: Serebrennikov, a former General producer “Seventh Studio” and former Director “Gogol-center” Alexey Malopolski, former head of Department of state support of art and folk creativity Ministry of culture of Russia, Director of the Russian academic youth theatre (RAMT) Sophia Apfelbaum, and former General Director of the ANO and former Director Yaroslavl theater. Volkov Yuriy Itin. They all deny guilt.

After receiving the results carried out by order of the court financial, appraisal, art examination in September 2019, the court remanded the case to the Prosecutor, which, however, did not agree with this decision and challenged it in the appellate court. As a result, the Moscow city court has directed business on new consideration to court of the first instance in other structure, which began November 1, 2019.

the case of the former chief accountant of ANO “the Seventh Studio” Nina Massieu was allocated from the core, because she’s the only one of the defendants pleaded guilty, signed a cooperation agreement with the investigation and testified against former colleagues. Now the process against her continues in parallel in the Meshchansky court. June 22, petty-bourgeois court of Moscow will begin debate of the parties in a criminal case.