Russian opera chief is declared bankrupt

Russian opera chief is declared bankrupt


norman lebrecht

July 31, 2016

Vladimir Kehman, controversial and ambitious head of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg and later of the opera house in Novosibirsk, has been declared personally bankrupt by a St Petersburg court.

The ruling will remove him from all public offices by the end of the year.

Read more here (in Russian).



  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Isn’t this the one who paid everyone via a banana company in the Dominican Republic?

    • Max Grimm says:

      It appears so. According to the linked article, the reason for his bankruptcy is his accumulation of unpaid debt in excess of 9 billion rubles (~ £102.7 million) for which he had personally vouched in his role as chairman of the board of the JFC Group, a once major importer of fruit (now also bankrupt).
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