On suspicion of fraud.
The Investigative Committee on August 22 reported the detention of Cyril Serebrennikov, the director and artistic director of the Moscow Gogol-Center Theater. He was suspected of organizing the theft of at least 68 million rubles allocated for the implementation of the project “Platform” in 2011-2014.
According to the lawyer, Serebrennikov was detained in St. Petersburg during the filming of the movie. From there, accompanied by the siloviki, he was taken to Moscow. The lawyer himself was in Vladimir during the detention of the defendant and immediately left for the capital.
Serebrennikov was charged with part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud in a particularly large amount). In the near future, the SC intends to show the director accusation, as well as to decide on the issue of choosing a preventive measure. The article presupposes up to ten years of imprisonment.
In early August, it became known that due to the appointed expertise, Serebrennikov was deprived of his foreign passport. At the same time, the director had obligations on foreign productions at least in September.
In May, Serebrennikov’s homes, Gogol Center and other addresses weresearched in the criminal case of embezzlement of budget funds for the Platform. According to the UK, the money was stolen through the organization “The Seventh Studio”, which was founded by Serebrennikov. Previously, another amount of possible damage from theft was claimed – 200 million rubles.
Ex-director of the Gogol Center Alexei Malobrodsky, former accountant of the Seventh Studio Nina Maslyaeva and her former general director Yury Itin are accused in the case. According to one of the episodes of the case, the defendants stole money for the organization of the performance “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but they never put it.
The project was declared as a complex of actions in the field of theater, music, dance and visual art. “Platform” meant the creation of experimental performances, tours, master classes, the formation of a laboratory for young artists. Annually, from 2012 to 2014, the subsidy of the Ministry of Culture was 70 million rubles.
Serebrennikov himself declared his readiness to prove that the “Platform” was held as a project. The director called the situation “absurd and schizophrenic,” and also clarified that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was held at least 15 times.