Russia puts international opera director on trial

The trial began today in Moscow of Kirill Serebrennikov, a renowned film and theatre director who is accused of embezzlement on charges that he calls ‘absurd.’

‘I am not guilty,’ Serebrennikov told the court. ‘I have never stolen anything from anyone, have not embezzled, and never formed any…group except a theatrical one.’

Serebrennikov is an outspoken opponent of abuses by the Putin regime.

The show trial continues.

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  • Putting this fellow on trial for “embezzlement” is remindful of the days when the deaths of Soviet-era politicians were reported as due to “illness.”

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