The Prosecutor’s office of the Russian Federation considered the illegal detention of Alexei Malopolska, former Director of the Moscow theater «Gogol-center» and the former General producer of Studio seven, accused of fraud in especially large scale, committed by a group.
«The criminal case against the Malopolska initiated only at the present time, the measure of restraint was elected illegally,» –
quotes words of the representative of the Prosecutor in court the website of the TV channel «Rain».
Recall that Malopolska, having dual Russian-Israeli citizenship, is accused of stealing more than two million rubles (about 38 thousand dollars) allocated to the production of «a Midsummer night’s Dream», staged by the theater’s art Director Kirill Serebrennikov and goes to the theater for five years.
In the court of first instance was not given evidence that the ex-Director of the «Gogol-center» will try to escape or influence the course of the case, which was argued by the defense. Despite this, the measure of restraint was abandoned by judges without modification.
Malopolski was the third defendant in the case, «the Seventh Studio», former managers, which accused of multiple counts of fraud totaling more than 200 million rubles, allegedly took place in 2011-2014. «The seventh Studio» – theatre troupe that was created by Director Lord of Serebrennikova and directed more than ten productions. Then the troupe members have joined the theater «Gogol-center».
Alex Malopolski was the Director of «Gogol-center» in 2013-2015, and was taken with the formulation «for the admitted financial irregularities in the activities of cultural institutions of Moscow». But then the law enforcement agencies were not directed as in the Moscow Department of culture has considered that he just «trusted the wrong people and signed the wrong paper.» Currently, the investigators formed a different opinion.
Defendants in the case about the embezzlement of public funds in the «Seventh Studio» are also former Director General of the company Yuri Itin and accountant Nina Maslyaeva.
According to investigators, the leaders of the «Seventh Studio» from 2011 to 2014 stole about 200 million rubles allocated by the state for the development and promotion of art, said in a posting on the official website of the RF IC. Judging by the publications in the Russian media, Itin and Masliaev suspected of embezzling only a small part of these funds.
Lawyer Malopolska Xenia Karpinski explained that the investigation was opened on 18 July and that her client has been under arrest since June 21.
«Now the consequence in hindsight initiate a criminal case. My client has not received any notification and he was not charged. All the documents were concocted today. Malopolski should be exempt from the hall immediately,» says karpinska.