The embezzlement trial involving famous art theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov began at Moscow's Meshansky district court on Wednesday. Besides Serebrennikov, three other people are accused of embezzling 133 million roubles (€1.75mn, $2mn) of state funds allocated for the Platform project between 2011-2014. During the interrogation, Serebrennikov said that an initiative to create Seventh... Еще studio was put forward by the Russian Ministry of Culture. According to the director, he did not deal with any administrative or financial issues in the company. The trial continues on Thursday.