Minister of culture of Russia Olga Lyubimova commented on the criminal case of the artistic Director of “Gogol-center” and Director of “the Seventh Studio” Kirill Serebrennikov on the embezzlement of budget funds. Her words transmit Telegram-channel RT Friday, June 26.

Lyubimova said that the Ministry of culture in the criminal case Serebrennikov — the aggrieved party. We are talking about the state causing major damage. The official added that the Agency is engaged in developing measures to avoid similar situations in the future.

Earlier on Friday it was reported that a former official of the Ministry of culture Sofia Apfelbaum, held the accused in the case, “the Seventh Studio”, was found guilty of negligence. The court ruled that she was not aware of criminal actions of the government. The investigation claimed that Apfelbaum is an accomplice in the fraud scheme.

Serebrennikov was found guilty in the criminal case on the embezzlement of funds allocated from the state budget for the theater project “Platform”, he faces six years in prison.