Moscow court orders new study in theater director's case

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov speaks to the media after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 8, 2019. The Moscow

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov speaks to the media after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 8, 2019. The Moscow

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, center, waits a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 8, 2019. The Moscow City Court

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, center, waits a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 8, 2019. The Moscow City Court

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has commissioned a new expert study in the case of an acclaimed theater and film director accused of embezzlement, and adjourned the hearings for two months.

The court on Monday upheld a motion by Kirill Serebrennikov's defense that claimed that the charges against him are based on the flimsy conclusions of a previous study of his theater's finances.

Monday's ruling came a week after Serebrennikov, one of Russia's most prominent directors, was released from house arrest after 20 months in custody.

He and several of his associates are facing charges of embezzling state funding for a theater project. Serebrennikov has rejected the accusations as absurd, and many in Russia see the charges as punishment for his anti-establishment views.