Serebrennikov’s lawyer has denied the rumors about the indictment of the defendant in the theft

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in Photobacterium Kirill Serebrennikov. Archival photoSerebrennikov’s lawyer has denied the rumors about the indictment of the defendant in the theft© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

Famous film Director Kirill Serebrennikov is a criminal case of theft only witness, another procedural status had not been, reported RIA Novosti on Tuesday, the lawyer Andrey Zolotukhin.

Earlier, some media reported that the Director had allegedly planned by the accused, but changed his mind on the orders «from above».

«And searches and questioning Serebrennikov was conducted in the framework of its procedural status of a witness. In fact, he has always been a witness,» said the defender.

Meanwhile, earlier today, the investigative Committee confirmed the detention of one of the key defendants in the case about swindle with budget money, the former General producer of the company «the Seventh Studio» Alex Malopolska, which are charged with theft.

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.