The court refused to return to the prosecutor business of "The seventh studio" and also to soften a measure of restraint to two of four persons involved, including Kirill Serebrennikov. Consideration on the merits will begin on October 25. Protection intends to subpoena 400 witnesses Kirill Serebrennikov. Photo: Anton Kardashov/AGN Moscow In Meshchansky Court to Moscow preliminary hearing was connected to the so-called case of "The seventh studio" of plunder as 133 million rubles of budgetary funds which main person involved is the director Kirill Serebrennikov. Lawyers of defendants declared impossibility to hear case on a being and petitioned for return to his prosecutor. But the court rejected a request, having appointed trial to October 25. Protection promised to bring into court about 400 witnesses — all participants of the Platform project during which, according to the investigators, plunders took place. The meeting in the new building of Meshchansky Court took the whole day and did not cause a stir. Remembering influx of representatives of the theatrical public during extensions of house arrest to Serebrennikov, law enforcement authorities decided to be reinsured. To court drove the bus with fighters of detached battalion of PPS across the South-Western Administrative District, and to police officers of Meshchansky Court delegated the most skilled colleagues from Basmanny Court of the capital to strengthening. However all this it was vain: any famous person inside, outside of the building was not observed. Kirill Serebrennikov who is under house arrest very quickly slipped by the reporters expecting it, and it approached an entrance not from the main street, and on a footpath, thus having outwitted journalists. 47 prosecution witnesses against 400 witnesses passed a zashchityslushaniye behind closed doors as treats a preparatory part of process. On filing petitions and to express according to them, the parties needed 3,5 hours. About the same time left at the judge Irina Akkuratova to take out and announce the resolution. The petition of protection for business return to the prosecutor became a key question. Lawyers claimed that by drawing up the indictment a number of the serious violations interfering consideration of the case was allowed. "In the indictment the investigation refers to testimonies of witnesses which it did not include in the list of the persons which are subject I will subpoena. It is one of the powerful bases interfering trial on the merits as to court suggest to be guided only by protocols of their interrogations" — Kirill Serebrennikov's defender Renata Lytvyna said Business FM. She told that lawyers of persons involved during the investigation petitioned for a call in court for interrogation of 400 witnesses of protection. However charge included only 47 people in the list of witnesses. Other defender of Serebrennikov Dmitry Kharitonov told that during preliminary hearing protection repeatedly petitioned for a call of 400 witnesses — all participants of the Platform project. As at three of four defendants — Kirill Serebrennikov, Yury Itin and Sofya Apfelbaum — the term of house arrest expired on October 19, prosecutors asked to prolong it for half a year, eats
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