The arrest of chief accountant of the “Seventh Studio” was extended for 72 hours
Moscow. May 25. INTERFAX.RU — Presnensky court of Moscow extended the 72-hour detention of the chief accountant of the theater company “the Seventh Studio” Nina Massieu detained in the case of a multimillion embezzlement of budget funds.
As the correspondent of “Interfax”, thus, granted the petition of the investigation.
From the judge’s decision became known that the investigator was requested to extend the period of detention to collect more evidence. “Maslyaeva is accused of a serious crime, she tried to hide the evidence. The investigation needs time to gather additional evidence,” the judge announced the decision.
Journalists in the courtroom were not present.
As reported, on may 23, investigators raided a number of people in different regions of Russia, including at the place of residence and work of the founder of the “Seventh Studio”, the artistic Director of “Gogol-center” Kirill Serebrennikov, who was questioned as a witness and released under the obligation about an appearance to the investigator.
According to the investigation, unstated persons from among a management “the Seventh Studio” from 2011 to 2014, were abducted budget funds in the amount of about 200 million rubles allocated by the government of the Russian Federation on the development and promotion of art.
On the night of 24 may, the representative of the Moscow Department of the Investigative Committee, Yulia Ivanova said that in the case of a multimillion embezzlement of budget funds arrested the former head of the “Seventh Studio” Yuri Itin and chief accountant of the organization Nina Maslyaeva. According to her, defendants charged with fraud in especially large size (part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code).
Meanwhile, well-known actors and Directors wrote a collective letter in support of the artistic Director of “Gogol-center”.
The letter was signed by Yevgeny Mironov, Chulpan Khamatova, Oleg Tabakov, mark Zaharov, Sergey Garmash, Alla Demidova, Alexei Agranovich, Victoria Tolstoganova, Anatoly Bely, Kseniya Rappoport, Evgeniy Stychkin and others.
In turn, as stated in the Association of theatre critics (APC), passed last Tuesday, the searches in “Gogol-center” in Moscow “was a deliberately intimidating form and political implication.”