Breaking: Russian opera director faces six years jailmain
The prosecution has demanded a six-year sentence in the long-running trial of the opera director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is accused of embezzling theatre funds.
He denies the charges, which many believe to have been trumped up after he voiced opposition to the Putin regime.
Serebrennikov has a busy international career, especially in German opera houses, and many friends in the music community. So far, only Teodor Currentzis (below) has spoken up for him.