Leading arts figures sign petition calling on Moscow’s public prosecutor to end investigation into Kirill Serebrennikov

High-profile figures in the arts world have called on Russian authorities to drop a criminal investigation into a Russian theatre director.

A petition penned by the director of Berlin’s Schaubühne theatre, Thomas Ostermeier, and the playwright Marius von Mayenburg calls on Moscow’s public prosecutor to drop “flimsy” and “politically motivated” charges against Kirill Serebrennikov, who is under house arrest over allegations of embezzling government funds.

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