Jun 30, 2020
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Former chief accountant of Seventh Studio Nina Maslyaeva sentenced to two years three months in prison and released from punishment

The Meshchansky District Court of the capital sentenced Nina Maslyaev, the former chief accountant of the Seventh Studio autonomous non-profit organization, to two years and three months in prison and released from punishment for the actual serving of the term, the Moscow News Agency correspondent reports from the courtroom.

The sentence corresponds to the request of the prosecutor.

After searches at the Gogol Center by director Kirill Serebrennikov in May 2017, Maslyaeva, the only one of all those involved, spent almost six months in a pre-trial detention center, and then another year and nine months under house arrest. Last summer she was released on bail, writes Novaya Gazeta.

Earlier, the Meshchansky court re-examined the main case of “The Seventh Studio” and sentenced director Kirill Serebrennikov to three years of imprisonment for conditionally large-scale fraud. The court also sentenced the former director of the Gogol Center Alexei Malobrodsky to two years probation, and the former general director of Seventh Studio Yuri Itin to three years of probation. In addition, the judge reclassified the accusation article from fraud to negligence to the director of the Russian Academic Youth Theater Sofya Apfelbaum and freed her from punishment in the amount of a fine of 100 thousand rubles. due to the expiration of the statute of limitations of the crime. At the debate of the parties, the prosecutor requested that all these persons be assigned real sentences.

The lawsuit of the Ministry of Culture of Russia for 129 million rubles. to Itin, Malobrodsky and Serebrennikov fully satisfied.

During the process, Serebrennikov, Itin, Apfelbaum and Malobrodsky did not plead guilty. The materials in relation to the former chief accountant Maslyaeva were separated into separate proceedings from the main case of the Seventh Studio, as she had previously pleaded guilty, entered into a pre-trial agreement and testified against former colleagues.

At the “main” trial, Maslyaeva twice acted as a witness, but was not able to report the specific circumstances of the thefts at Seventh Studio. In particular, she said that she pleaded guilty to illegally receiving a salary, working to cash out money and composing fictitious reports on the activities of ANOs, in which the cost of performances was inflated. Salaries in the "Seventh Studio", according to her, were underestimated several times to avoid taxes, and another part of the money went "for personal needs." Maslyaeva’s court testified to Serebrennikov and the other defendants in the case, Interfax reports.

Later, the Meshchansky court decided to consider Maslyaeva’s case in a general manner, despite the position of the prosecutor and the defense, since she had not complied with the terms of the agreement.

All the defendants were charged under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud on a particularly large scale). According to investigators, the defendants stole the funds that the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation allocated to the Platform’s project to popularize and develop contemporary art.

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