Prominent Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has received a three-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of embezzlement.
He and two others were convicted of misappropriating £1.5m ($1.86m) of state funds for a theatre project.
Serebrennikov has called the charges laughable. His supporters say the case aims to stifle artistic expression.
But the Russian government said the verdict would serve as a warning against corruption in the arts.
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