De ryska teaterkritikernas förening, som hör till den internationella, IATC, protesterar och slår på stora trumman för att omvärlden ska uppmärksamma att Kirill Serebrennikov satts i husarrest. Kanske är det som en del bedömare tror, att fallet Serebrennikov är droppen som får bägaren att rinna över för kulturlivet som tigit och lidit länge.
De ryska kritikerna skriver att de nu gör ett offentligt uttalande:
…. to express anxiety over the pressure being exerted on theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov, who was taken at night by force to Moscow from St. Petersburg, where he was shooting a movie. The next day he was sentenced to house arrest by a regional court.
The situation surrounding Serebrennikov grew more tense in July when the opening of the ballet Rudolph Nureyev, which he directed at Bolshoi Theatre, was cancelled as controversial.
Serebrennikov is accused of misusing funds that were targeted for a cultural project titled The Platform. One of the items in the prosecutor’s investigation implies that the production of Midsummer Night’s Dream was not created at all. This assertion is false: the production has been seen dozens of times, it continues to run, received a range of reviews in various media, and was nominated for the national theatre prize, The Golden Mask. The investigation continues to assert that the work does not exist.
There are deep doubts about the motivations for the prosecution of Serebrennikov. The responsibility of the stage director is unrelated to financial and production activities, which is covered by an investigation of the producer and the bursar for The Platform project. Serebrennikov never refused to answer questions in the course of the investigation of the case.
Det kontroversiella med Serebrennikovs verk om Nurejev var att att han visade Nurejevs homosexualitet på scenen. Välkänd för resten av världen.