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’s trial over embezzlement begins

The trial of Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov begins, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe.

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

Top Russian director accused of fraud put under house arrest

Acclaimed Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov is put under house arrest after being charged with fraud in a case that has sent shockwaves through the arts community.

Top Russian director appears in court on fraud charge

Acclaimed Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov is in court after being charged with fraud in a case that has sent shockwaves through the arts community. IMAGES