Director RAMT charged in fraud case, “the Seventh Studio”
Sophia Apfelbaum pleaded not guilty.
Moscow. 26 Oct. INTERFAX — Director of the Russian academic youth theatre (RAMT) Sophia Apfelbaum detained in a criminal case, “the Seventh Studio”, charged with fraud in especially large size, have informed “Interfax” her lawyer Irina Poverennova.
“Today, my client was charged. The guilt she does not recognize,” said Powernova.
According to her, on Friday, the investigation will go to court with the petition for election measures of restraint against Apfelbaum. “Which will ask measure — we don’t know yet,” said Powernova.
More detailed comments the lawyer refused.
Earlier Thursday, the Director of Ramtha Apfelbaum was arrested in a criminal case, “the Seventh Studio”.
“Established involvement in the embezzlement (of the funds allocated, “the Seventh Studio” — if) former Director of Department of state support of art and folk creativity Ministry of culture Sofia Apfelbaum, who currently is the Director of the Russian academic youth theatre,” — said the official representative of the Investigative Committee (IC) Svetlana Petrenko on Thursday “Interfax”.
According to her, wine Apfelbaum committing fraud in especially large size is confirmed by the testimony of witnesses, protocols of confrontations, and the results of investigative activities seized in the investigation of financial documents and other evidence.
“In the near future S. Apfelbaum will be charged under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (fraud committed by an organized group, in especially large size), the consequence intends to petition before court about election of a preventive measure”, — said the representative of the UK.
According to investigators, “in collusion with the artistic Director of ANO “the Seventh Studio” Kirill Serebrennikov, Apfelbaum in 2011-2014, on behalf of the Ministry of culture was signed with this organization of the agreement on the granting of public subsidies in excess of 214 million rubles and has provided subsequent correspondence received on the basis of their performance reporting documents that contained inflated information about the number and cost of the events.”