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Raikin and Mironov asked to release director Berkovich from the pre-trial detention center

Several cultural figures, journalists, and human rights activists in an open letter addressed the Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova with a request to change the preventive measure for playwright Svetlana Petriychuk and theater director Evgenia Berkovich, who are in the pre-trial detention center, RBC reports.

On November 20, the grandmother of director Evgenia Berkovich, writer and human rights activist Nina Katerli, died.

The letter emphasizes what Berkovich spoke about at every court hearing to extend the arrest.

“She asked the court to change her measure of restraint: she has two dependent grandmothers and two adopted daughters. <…> We ask you to help ensure that the preventive measure for Svetlana Petriychuk and Zhenya Berkovich is changed,” the appeal says.

The Ombudsman is asked to release the prisoner “at least so that she can bury her grandmother.”

The letter was signed by 23 people, including theater and film actors, writers, journalists, film and theater directors, TV presenter Ivan Urgant, human rights activist Irina Yasina and publicist Marina Melia.

The appeal was signed by Marietta Tsigal-Polishchuk, who participated in the scandalous performance, Evgeny Mironov (artistic director of the Theater of Nations), Nikolai Solodnikov, as Nobel laureate, ex-editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation), artistic director of the Satyricon Theater » Konstantin Raikin.

Evgenia Berkovich and Svetlana Petriychuk were detained in early May on charges of justifying terrorism due to the play “Finist Yasny Falcon,” which Berkovich staged based on Petriychuk’s script.

On November 2, Berkovich and Petriychuk extended their arrest in the case of justifying terrorism until January 10.

It was previously reported that the consideration of the complaint to extend Berkovich’s arrest was postponed.

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