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Serebrennikov Wins Top Russian Theater Awards After Release

Kirill Serebrennikov Artyom Geodakyan / TASS

Russian theater director Kirill Serebrennikov received two prestigious theater awards at a ceremony in Moscow on Tuesday, less than two weeks after his release from house arrest.

The Gogol Center’s artistic director was released on bail on April 8 after spending a year and a half under house arrest on criminal fraud charges that his supporters say were politically motivated.

Serebrennikov was given the Golden Mask Award for best drama director during the awards ceremony at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater for his production of "Little Tragedies" at the Gogol Center.

He took home a second Golden Mask for the ballet "Nureyev," which was named as the best ballet performance. It premiered at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2017 while the director was still under house arrest.

During his acceptance speech, Serebrennikov urged his colleagues to "protect artistic freedom in the theater," the state-run TASS news agency reported.

One of the most prestigious events of Moscow’s cultural calendar, the Golden Mask Award is a barometer for the current state of Russian theater.

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