- 29 Aug 17
Leading figures in the arts world are urging Russian authorities to drop embezzlement charges against award-winning theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov.
Irish playwright Enda Walsh is one of 36 initial signees of a change.org petition which calls on Russia's public prosecutor to abandon what they see as a "flimsy" case against Serebrennikov.
The petition was penned by two German theatre figures— director Thomas Ostermeier and playwright Marius von Mayenburg—who claim the arrest was "politically motivated".
"We protest against the arrest of Kirill Serebrennikov," the petition reads. "The charges against him are untenable and indicative of the fact that the intention is to silence an internationally renowned director."