Russia Detains Theater Director, Including To Fears Of A Crackdown

Investigators searched the Gogol Center and Mr. Serebrennikov’s apartment in May, but the theater director was released after questioning.
MOSCOW — The Russian authorities have detained an acclaimed theater director on suspicion of embezzling more than $1 million in government funds, investigators said on Tuesday, renewing fears of a crackdown on artists in the country.
The director, Kirill S. Serebrennikov, leads the Gogol Center, one of the most prominent and progressive artistic venues in Moscow.
The actor Yevgeny V. Mironov passed a letter vouching for Mr. Serebrennikov to President Vladimir V. Putin when the Russian leader pinned a state award to his jacket.
The company’s general director, chief producer and accountant were all detained later and charged with fraud, however.

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