Kirill Serebrennikov is accused of embezzling £900,000, but supporters say he is victim of crackdown on dissent

A court in Moscow has put a widely revered Russian theatre director under house arrest on charges of embezzling £900,000, in a case that his supporters fear is part of a crackdown on dissenting voices.

Kirill Serebrennikov, 47, was detained on Tuesday in St Petersburg where he was shooting a film and put in jail after interrogation. He is accused of embezzling 68m roubles of government funds earmarked for an art project. He denies the charges.

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