MOSCOW, July 1 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court sentenced a former accountant of the Seventh Studio stage company Nina Maslyayeva to 27 months in prison as part of an embezzlement case involving theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and released her from punishment as she had served the term under house arrest and in detention, the court’s press service told RAPSI Tuesday.
The court also granted a 129 million-ruble (about $2 million) suit of the Culture Ministry. Maslyayeva is to pay the money jointly with Serebrennikov and two other convicted defendants.
Earlier, Maslyayeva admitted guilt in full. She claimed that she was involved in monthly embezzlement and cashing of budget funds under the order of other defendants.
On June 26, the court passed a 3-year suspended sentence and a 800,000-ruble fine on the Gogol Center theater director Kirill Serebrennikov for embezzlement of 129 million rubles (about $2 million) of budget funds allocated for the theater project Platforma. Ex-head of Seventh Studio Yury Itin also received a 3-year suspended term and a fine. Producer Alexey Malobrodsky was given a 2-year suspended sentence and a fine.
Director of the Russian Academic Youth Theater Sophia Apfelbaum received a fine but was released from its payment due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.
The court also granted a 129 million-ruble civil suit. Serebrennikov, Itin and Malobrodsky are to pay the money.
The court found that Serebrennikov and Itin had committed embezzlement involving Malobrodsky in the crime. However, Apfelbaum was not aware of their criminal plans but provided for the approval of the Platforma financial plans submitted by Serebrennikov. However, the court found Apfelbaum guilty of negligence resulted in grave damage.
According to investigators, defendants in the case stole 133 of 214 million rubles ($3.3 million) of budget funds allocated to the Seventh Studio company in 2011-2014 for development and popularization of contemporary art in Russia as part of the project Platforma.
Serebrennikov was arrested in late August 2017 and then placed under house arrest. In early November, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court seized assets belonging to Serebrennikov including apartment, car, and money in the amount of more than 360,000 rubles ($5,300), over €60,000, and $4,000.