Moscow (AP) - The two-year-long case of accused Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has gained new momentum. Because of contradictions, the case will be returned to the Prosecutor General's Office for further investigation, Judge Irina Akkuratova decided in Moscow.
In addition, Serebrennikow, who was under house arrest until April, may travel again. There are no restrictions on his freedom of movement.
The 50-year-old theater maker, who also staged in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin, responded to the court's step with applause. The cultural advisor to the President, Vladimir Tolstoy, called the decision "wonderful news". It was very good that Serebrennikov now at least could work freely again.
Against Serebrennikov and other colleagues of his production studio is determined since summer 2017 because of alleged embezzlement. The prosecution had alleged in their indictment that the theater makers had subsidized millions of dollars without offering performances. According to Russian media, the lawyers said that the evidence was not enough to convict them. Serebrennikov had always vehemently rejected the allegations.
Already in the summer of a report had relieved Serebrennikov. Already in the spring, the internationally acclaimed theater maker was surprisingly released after a year and a half of house arrest. However, he had to report regularly to the police and was not allowed to leave the Russian capital without permission.
Message from the court (Russian)