The court arrested the former Director of the “Gogol-center” Malopolska

The court arrested the former Director of the “Gogol-center” Malopolska

MOSCOW, 21 Feb — RIA Novosti. Presnensky court of Moscow has arrested the former Director of the theater “Gogol-center” Alexei Malopolska in the case of fraud, the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the courtroom.

The investigator told the court that the involvement of Malopolska in the alleged crime is confirmed by the testimony of witnesses and other defendants. He added that Malopolski has, in addition to Russian, Israeli citizenship.

The officer also noted that the accused and his wife had contacts in the U.S. Embassy, which will help the ex-Director of “Gogol-center” to hide from the investigation.

In addition, of the catechumens in the court of the materials that the Malopolski tried to contact the other defendants “to exert pressure on them”.

Protection of the accused insisted on far-fetched accusations and unproven guilt. He Malopolski denies guilt and the intention to escape. He said that he wants to help the investigation “in the truth”. “Any money I was awarded, had not been abducted and did not receive any benefits or self — interest- either personally or with someone in collusion,” said he.

In may at the Metropolitan theater “Gogol-center” and the home of its artistic Director Kirill Serebrennikov were searched in the case of embezzlement of state funds at a nonprofit organization, “the Seventh Studio”, based Serebrennikov. Suspects in the case, in addition to Malopolska, are accountant Nina Masliaev and ex-CEO of the company Yuri Itin.

From the decision of the court should be that the company “the Seventh Studio” has received funding from the budget under the contract for the staging of performances, workshops, artistic laboratories, the organization of the tour in the amount of 66.5 million. According to investigators, and Masliaev Itin stole part of the money allocated — 1,28 million roubles, falsified documents for the provision of services.

Malopolski was the Director of “Gogol-center” in 2013-2015. Charged with fraud in an organized group, he faces up to 10 years imprisonment.