The authorities have no desire to pursue cultural figures, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Council for development of civil society and human rights (HRC). His words leads RIA Novosti on Monday, October 30.
Commenting on the case of artistic Director of “Gogol-center” Kirill Serebrennikov, Putin said that he is not being persecuted for his political beliefs. “No, it’s a purely financial basis of all these unpleasant proceedings. Well, Yes, he is creative, he is an artist. You know who is just for me this did not work” â€” said the President.
Putin reminded that at the present time under investigation in relation to several well-known cultural figures, including the Deputy Director of the Hermitage Museum and the Deputy Minister of culture. “They also exempt? You know, we’ll somehow be treated equal to everyone. No desire for someone “cruchet”, to drag in whatever was to follow. But still, we all must obey the law regardless of what activity we are engaged”, â€” stressed the head of state.
On 5 September, the Russian leader noted that “Serebrennikov from the government no questions, except one: respect for the law in the use of budget money”.
Silver is accused of embezzlement in the amount of at least 68 million rubles allocated from the state budget for the implementation of the art project “Platform”. Accomplices in the crime investigators also believe the former General producer “Seventh Studio” Alexei Malopolska, former indirecta troupe Yuri Itin, former chief accountant Nina Maslyaeva and producer Ekaterina Voronov. All except the last, are in custody. Voronov left Russia.