The Putin regime has upped the pressure on director Kirill Serebrennikov by refusing to return his passport while pursuing a criminal investigation into its authenticity.
Kirill Serebrennikov has a busy international career, especially in Germany. He is due to stage Hansel and Gretel in Stuttgart in October. Rehearsals are due to start any day now.
By confiscating his passport the Russian authorities are killing his career until he toes the Putin line.