Russian director to remain under house arrest
A Moscow court has ruled to keep under house arrest Kirill Serebrennikov, arguably Russia's most revered contemporary theatre and film director.
Serebrennikov was detained and put under house arrest last week amid allegations he had planned to embezzle about 68 million roubles (£900,000) in government funds allocated for one of his productions and the projects he championed between 2011 and 2014.
Serebrennikov said the claims were "absurd and impossible".
The Moscow City Court turned down his appeal against a ruling to put him under house arrest.
The arrest of Russia's top director raised fears of a Soviet era-like crackdown on culture.