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.

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, center, waits a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, center, waits a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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.

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