Russia: Russian prosecutors seek six-year jail term for director who lampooned authorities

Russian prosecutors asked a Moscow court on Monday to declare award-winning film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov guilty of embezzlement and to jail him for six years, the RIA news agency reported.

The prosecution of Serebrennikov, 50, art director at Moscow’s avant-garde Gogol Centre theatre, prompted an outcry among figures in the world of culture who say he is being persecuted for his work.

Prosecutors accuse Serebrennikov of leading a criminal group which embezzled 129 million roubles (US$1.86 million) in state funds, a charge he denied. On Monday, prosecutors also asked the court to jail three other suspects for between 4 and 5 years.

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