Prosecutors seek six-year jail term for Russian director | AFP

Russian prosecutors call for a six-year prison sentence for acclaimed director Kirill Serebrennikov, accused of embezzling public funds in a case that has stirred criticism at home and abroad. Serebrennikov is charged with creating an organised criminal group with his colleagues and embezzling more than $2 million of state funding for a theatre project called Platforma. IMAGES of Russian director in court

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Star Russian director in court on embezzlement charges

Acclaimed Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov appears in court on embezzlement charges seen by supporters as part of a crackdown on artistic independence under Vladimir Putin. The 49-year-old, who smashed taboos and revolutionised the Russian art scene in recent years, appeared in the first open hearing of his controversial embezzlement case after spending a year under house arrest. IMAGES

Russian director Serebrennikov set for trial over fraud case

Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov arrives at court in Moscow for trial over a fraud case, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe, he considers “absurd”. FIRST IMAGES

Russian ‘Summer’ cast at Cannes without director Serebrennikov

The cast of “Summer” (‘Leto’), a fast-paced biopic of the Soviet-Korean rock legend Viktor Tsoi, present the film at the Cannes Film Festival without director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has been under house arrest on embezzlement charges since last August.

Cast and crew of Russian film ‘Leto’ arrive on Cannes red carpet

The cast and crew of Russian film ‘Leto’ arrive on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, wearing badges and carrying a sign for director Kirill Serebrennikov who was unable to attend the event as a result of criminal charges that critics allege are politically influenced. IMAGES