Russia: Serebrennikov's lawyer confirms charges following theatre director's detention

SOT, Journalist, (Russian): «What kind of measure does the investigation mention?» SOT, Dmitry Kharitonov, Lawyer (Russian): «We don't know yet, it will be known tomorrow at 10 am.» SOT, Journalist, (Russian): «Why don't they say it today?» SOT, Dmitry Kharitonov, Lawyer (Russian): «Because tomorrow a petition will be filed in the court at 10.00, and at 12.00 it will be considered.» SOT... Еще, Journalist, (Russian): «Why did such criminal proceedings suddenly appear, according to Kirill Serebrennikov?» SOT, Dmitry Kharitonov, Lawyer (Russian): «Kirill Semenovich [Serebrennikov] considers that this accusation is absolutely absurd, that the 'Platform' was a project that was implemented completely. The money allocated by the state was spent on the project.» SOT, Journalist, (Russian): «Are the conditions known?» SOT, Dmitry Kharitonov, Lawyer (Russian): «The question of the measure of restraint will be decided tomorrow. Thank you.» The lawyer of Gogol Theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov confirmed that his client was charged under article 159 part 4 whilst speaking with press outside the Investigative Committee HQ compound in Moscow on Tuesday. Serebrennikov was detained in St. Petersburg earlier in the day. «He did not plead guilty. Tomorrow at 12.00, Basmanny court will choose the measure of restraint. What kind of measure we don't know yet. The petition will be tomorrow at 10.00,» stated Dmitri Kharitonov. «Kirill Semenovich [Serebrennikov] considers that this accusation is absolutely absurd, that the Platform was a project that was implemented completely. The money allocated by the state was spent on the project,» the lawyer added. Serebrennikov was detained while filming on location and taken to the Investigative Committee in Moscow. He is under investigation on suspicion of fraud. Svetlana Petrenko, official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia, said earlier on Tuesday that Serebrennikov «is suspected of the theft of at least 68 million roubles allocated between 2011-2014 for the project 'Platform.'»

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