French cultural figures spoke in support Serebrennikov

© Photo : Ira Polarnacht Gogol center. Archive photoFrench cultural figures spoke in support Serebrennikov© Photo : polar Ira

A range of French cultural figures on Monday issued an open letter in support of Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov.

Searches in the Moscow «Gogol-center» and home of its artistic Director Serebrennikov held Tuesday in the case of embezzlement of public funds. According to the UK, persons from among the leadership of the nonprofit organization «the Seventh Studio», the founder of which was pieces of silver in 2011-2014 stole about 200 million rubles allocated by the state for the development and promotion of art. As previously noted by the head of Department of state support for art and folk art, Andrey Malyshev, at the time of the Ministry of culture annually allocates «the Seventh Studio» money for the project «Platform», total funding amounted to 216,5 million rubles.

«We, the fellows, colleagues and friends by Kirill Serebrennikov, «Gogol-center», the «Platform» and «the Seventh Studio», the reputation of which was damaged, I want to declare his full support from our side. We are deeply concerned about inadequate treatment, which has been awarded this great cultural figure of international level», — reads the statement signed by 15 people, including the management of the theatre de Chaillot national theatre of Brittany, the national centres of dramatic art Normandy-Rouen and Normandy-Kahn, Director of the Avignon festival and others.

The authors of the letter point out that many of them are familiar with Serebrennikov, collaborated with the Russian Director and know him as an honest and decent man, working safely under often difficult conditions.

«We want him to know that he was not alone, that in France and Europe, the voices in support of it, and that the world’s cultural and artistic community is watching the events in Russia and will achieve to be heard», — the statement reads.

On Wednesday at the awards ceremony in the Kremlin, the artistic Director of the Theater of Nations Yevgeny Mironov gave President Vladimir Putin a letter «with a request to pay attention to this matter.» The statement was signed by the artistic Director of the Chekhov Moscow art theatre Oleg Tabakov, artistic Director of theatre «Lenkom» mark Zaharov, the actress Chulpan Khamatova and Sergei Garmash, Alla Demidova, Alexei Agranovich, Victoria Tolstoganova, Jan Sexta, Anatoly Bely, Kseniya Rappoport, Evgeniy Stychkin, Aleksandr Petrov, Irina Starshenbaum, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Marina Aleksandrova.

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