A Moscow court has placed a high-profile stage director under house arrest.
Investigators say Kirill Serebrennikov led a criminal group and embezzeled at least 68 million roubles in state funds earmarked for an art project. That’s the equivalent of just under one million euros.
Speaking from a cage in the courtroom, he said the accusations against him were absurd.
Serebrennikov will be required to stay at home until the start of his trial. During that time, he is not allowed go to work without permission. He must not speak with the media, or use the internet and email. He will only be able to communicate with close relatives and lawyers.
The art director at Moscow’s Gogol Theatre, faces up to ten years in jail if found guilty.
The trial is set to start on October 19.