Kirill Serebrennikov

Today in petty-bourgeois court of Moscow held a regular meeting in the matter of the “Seventh Studio”. Recall that it is the defendants, including a 50-year-old Director of “Gogol-center” Kirill Serebrennikov, accused of fraud and embezzlement of public funds more than one hundred million rubles allocated for theatre project “Platform”.

As stated by attorney Michael Leschenko, the guilt of everyone involved in the prosecution considers proven, and Serebrennikov, he asked for six years imprisonment and a fine of 800 thousand rubles

the Prosecution believes that the accusation was fully proved in the proceedings and in respect of each defendant the court must be acting conviction, despite a plea of not guilty. At the same time, the prosecution corrects the amount of damage from 133 million 237 thousand rubles to 128 million 974 thousand rubles,

said Leschenko.

In August 2017 Kirill Serebrennikov was arrested on charges of fraud. He was accused of the theft of 133 million rubles were allocated from the Federal budget for the implementation of its experimental theatre project. More than two years he spent under house arrest, and in April last year, was released under recognizance not to leave.

in Addition to Serebrennikov, in the case of “the Seventh Studio” are also its former General producer Alexey Malopolski and chief accountant Yuri Itin, a former employee of the Ministry of culture Sofia Apfelbaum and accountant Nina Maslyaeva. She is the only one who pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

Today, the Russian cultural figures, among them Konstantin Bogomolov, Pavel Lungin, Liya Akhedzhakova, Kseniya Rappoport, Maxim Vitorgan, Danila Kozlovsky, Chulpan Khamatova and many others, wrote an open letter to the Minister of culture Olga Lyubimova request to withdraw the claim in the case, “the Seventh Studio” and “contribute to a fair resolution process.”