The director said that Abramovich helped modern Russian culture a lot, including paying for Andrey Zvyagintsev's treatment for COVID in Germany. The billionaire is under the sanctions of the EU and Britain remove sanctions against Abramovich” />
Director Kirill Serebrennikov explained his call to lift sanctions against billionaire Roman Abramovich with the help of a businessman for modern Russian culture. He said this in an interview with The Guardian.
“It was important for me to speak out. Abramovich has helped modern Russian culture a lot. He literally helped Russian artists survive»,— Serebrennikov said.
According to the director, Abramovich paid for the treatment of director Andrei Zvyagintsev in Germany when he was seriously ill with COVID-19 last year. Then the director was put into an artificial coma, more than 90% of his lungs were affected.
Serebrennikov also noted that he repeated the statement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Abramovich could be useful on negotiations.
Serebrennikov called for lifting sanctions from the billionaire in May at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival. The director noted that the businessman has been helping contemporary art for a long time.
At the end of March, the Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow expelled Serebrennikov’s conviction in the Seventh Studio case, in which he received a three-year suspended sentence in 2020. After that, Variety reported that the director flew from Russia to Paris, but plans to permanently reside in Germany. Film expert Joel Chapron published on Facebook (owned by Meta, the company is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) a photo with him in the French capital (the publication is now unavailable). The Guardian newspaper writes that it spoke with Serebrennikov at the National Opera and Ballet Theater in Amsterdam, where the premiere of the opera Free Gunner took place. (Der Freischütz), which he directed.
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Abramovich (Forbes estimates his fortune at $6.9 billion) came under EU and UK sanctions in March. The businessman has already challenged the decision of the EU Council in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The United States has not yet imposed sanctions against the billionaire. According to The Wall Street Journal, this was requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who pointed to Abramovich's mediation in organizing Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. The Kremlin confirmed that the businessman was involved in the negotiation process “at the initial stage”, but then they continued between the delegations.
Last week, The Times reported that the head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia (in mid-May the parties announced their suspension) David Arakhamia wrote a letter in support of Abramovich. According to him, with the assistance of a businessman, the parties reached an agreement on humanitarian corridors, “through which more than 400 thousand civilians were evacuated”, he also helped with the organization of prisoner of war exchanges.
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