Russian director under probe over fraud
SAINT PETERSBURG ( AFP) — Russian film director Alexander Sokurov, whose films include “Russian Ark” and “Faust,” said Thursday he was being probed for alleged fraud in his foundation to help young filmmakers.
The director, who has publicly criticised President Vladimir Putin, drew comparisons with the trial of theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov for fraud, which supporters say is part of a crackdown.
Sokurov is known for “Russian Ark,” which was filmed in the Hermitage Museum using a single shot, and “Faust,” which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.
He is also known for his support for young filmmakers — particularly those from the deprived North Caucasus region — and heads a foundation called “Example of Intonation” to help new directors.