They I haven't admitted guilt in plunder of 133,3 million rubles. The director Kirill Serebrennikov has compared charge to the broken printer, others spoke about "mantras" and "spells". What was told by defendants? Kirill Serebrennikov. Photo: Sergey In Meshchansky Court of Moscow consideration of one of the most resonant affairs of the last years — so-called business of "The seventh studio" has begun Fadeichev/TASS. Four persons involved who have stuck before court have rejected charge of plunder more than 133 million rubles allocated in 2011-2014 for the theatrical Platform project. The main defendant — the director Kirill Serebrennikov — in the first day has begun to give evidences. He has said that he was responsible only for an art part of the project and didn't know finance. Before trial at the courthouse the agiotage wasn't observed. There were no meetings or pickets, as in 2017 when chose house arrest to the artistic director "Gogol center". There were no police patrols. Law enforcement officers didn't begin to establish and metal obstacles as it quite often happens when hearings high-profile cases. Preparing for flow media, the court has opened doors for journalists at half past eight a.m. There were many representatives of mass media. Also friends, relatives and several dozens of colleagues have come to support persons involved. In total the hall of the judge Irina Akkuratova has accomodated about 70 people. For the same who lacked the place on the ninth floor have organized a TV broadcast. As most of defendants are under house arrest, Kirill Serebrennikov, Yury Itin, Sofya Apfelbaum and Alexey Malobrodsky have settled down at the very beginning of the hall on the first bench. The trial date set at 9:30 started almost with hour delay. To announce the indictment, it was required to the prosecutor Oleg Lavrov an hour and a half. And before it the court recognized persons involved as civil defendants in the claim of Ministry of culture for the sum of the damage incriminated to them of 133,337 million rubles. Earlier the ministry has been recognized on business by the victim. "Serebrennikov's organized criminal group" the Indictment said that all defendants were included into organized criminal group which has been created in 2011 by the director Kirill Serebrennikov. By then the artistic director of Gogol center theater has developed the Platform project designed to popularize the modern art. It was offered to be financed from the budget. For "the organization of the contractual relations" with Ministry of Culture Serebrennikov has founded ANO Seventh Studio, has approved the charter and has created board. Besides itself(himself), he has included the CEO of Seventh Studio Yury Itin appointed to a position in him. The state prosecutor called him along with Serebrennikov, in fact, the creator of an organized criminal group. "Having mercenary intention on personal enrichment by deception and breach of confidence of staff of Ministry of culture, they have made the decision to create steady, united, organized group in which have involved" Ekaterina Voronova, Alexey Malobrodsky and also Sofya Apfelbaum and Nina Maslyaeva. According to him, for four years, up to 2014 accomplices were engaged in plunder б
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