Russian media report that the Meshchansky court of Moscow ruled to return the Seventh Studio fraud case to the prosecutor’s office, one of which is a 50-year-old Kirill Serebrennikovwho won the title "Man of the Year" on GQ magazine awards.
It is reported that such measures were taken due to violations and contradictions found in the case that interfere with the sentencing. The court also canceled Serebrennikov and other persons involved in the case, Alexei Malobrodsky, Sofya Apfelbaum and Yuri Itin, a preventive measure in the form of a recognizance not to leave. The court decision was supported by the defendants and their lawyers, but the prosecution opposed.
Recall that the case of the "Seventh Studio" was excited back in 2017. Kirill Serebrennikov and his colleagues are accused of embezzlement of budget funds (133 million rubles) allocated for the Platform project. In total, from 2011 to 2014, 214 million rubles were allocated for the pilot project.
For a long time, the director was under house arrest. Throughout this story, Serebrennikov was actively interceded by colleagues and star friends who are convinced that house arrest is an excessive measure of restraint. In April this year, the Moscow City Court replaced director arrested on his own recognizance.
Yesterday, Serebrennikov took the main award for the GQ Magazine's Person of the Year Award. In his speech from the stage, he mentioned the journalist Ivan Golunov, and also stated that people of the year need to recognize those who "fought for justice":
I would call the people of the year those who agreed on the exchange of prisoners with Ukraine, those who did not let Vanya Golunov be imprisoned, those people who marry and fight for justice and make it possible in our country to live with common sense, decency, honesty, hope.
The vivid performance of the director (as well as the journalist Yuri Dudy, who urged not to be silent about obvious problems and lawlessness in Russia) is unexpected commented spokesman for Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin respects such awards, but said that it is not worth projecting statements made at such events on the general mood of the people.