01:46 GMT11 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The defence in the case of Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov has appealed the ruling on the embezzlement of 129 million rubles ($1.8 million), the Moscow Meshshansky court press secretary Yuliya Kotomina said on Monday.

    So far, the legal teams of Serebrennikov's co-defendants have filed appeals, Kotomina said. An appeal usually concerns the entire verdict and not just parts referring to certain co-defendants, so it will concern the director's verdict as well. Serebrennikov's defence still has time to submit its own appeal.

    On 26 June, the court sentenced Serebrennikov and two other defendants to suspended prison sentences and is holding them liable for the material damages.

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