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Russian court releases prominent director on bail - TASS

Russian court releases prominent director on bail - TASS
FILE PHOTO: Russian film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov, who was accused of embezzling state funds, looks on before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin   -   Copyright  SERGEI KARPUKHIN(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court on Monday released on bail prominent director Kirill Serebrennikov who has been held under house arrest since 2017 on suspicion of embezzlement, the TASS news agency reported.

Serebrennikov, an award-winning film and theatre director, was detained in 2017 in a case that prompted an outcry among the country’s liberal cultural elite, who said the director was being persecuted for his work.

(Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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