Putin: no censorship or pressure behind arrest of prominent director

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 05, 2017 3:25 AM

XIAMEN, China (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that neither censorship nor pressure was behind the arrest of prominent Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has a history of criticizing authority.

Russia's Investigative Committee has said it suspects Serebrennikov of embezzling at least 68 million roubles ($1.17 million) in state funds earmarked for an art project. Serebrennikov, under house arrest awaiting trial, denies the charges.

"Others will also be brought to justice if there are any (material) claims to them," Putin told a news conference after a summit of the BRICS nations in China.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Larry King)