The Moscow prosecutor demanded 10 years in prison for the well-known theater director Ivan Vyrypaev, with links to Poland, Radio Svoboda reported on Thursday. The artist is accused of spreading “false information” about the Russian army.
The trial takes place in absentia because the director lives outside Russia. The court in Moscow is scheduled to announce the verdict on Friday.
The case against Vyrypaev was initiated in spring, an arrest warrant was issued in April, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued an arrest warrant for him.
As reported by Sota, the case was initiated in connection with Vyrypaev’s interviews with the media and publications on the director’s website. Investigators found “false information” about the Russian army. The director speaks out against the Russian attack on Ukraine.
He wanted to give up his Russian citizenship
In May, Vyrypayev announced an arrest warrant issued for him in Russia. “Thank you to all those who support me. Don’t worry, I’m fine. Everything is fine. Russian friends, be careful in your contacts with me. I won’t be offended if you stop talking to me. Take care of yourself,” he wrote on social media.
Wyrypajew has been living in Poland for over a dozen years and has Polish citizenship. He is the husband of Polish actress Karolina Gruszka. – I live in Poland, I work and I write. I try to be very solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine – he commented in an interview with PAP. – My wife Karolina Gruszka is also strongly involved in helping – added the director.
He also said that he had initiated “the process of renouncing Russian citizenship.” – But it’s not easy. It’s a long and very difficult process. I paid a lawyer in Russia, but it has been going on for almost a year, he explained. He added that “this requires collecting a whole set of documents.” – Now they probably won’t allow it (…). If I am wanted on an arrest warrant, the Russian Federation is unlikely to allow me to give up my Russian citizenship and it will probably stay that way, said Vyrypayev.
Vyrypayev condemned “Russia’s barbaric attack”
On March 9, 2022, Ivan Vyrypayev published a letter to 40 Russian state theaters, in which he announced that he would donate his author’s remuneration for staging his plays to help the victims of Russian aggression.
“Our jointly earned money will be used to help Ukrainian refugees, children and mothers, all those who need this help now. I am glad that in this way, money from the cultural budget of the Russian Federation will be fairly transferred to those who suffered and are suffering from Russia’s barbaric attack “- wrote the artist.
He previously emphasized that he was “against this terrible war.” – I am now with the Ukrainian people with all my heart. At the same time, I feel an obligation to support that part of Russian society that has no doubt that this war is a disgrace to Russia. These people are devastated right now, he explained.
Ivan Vyrypayev – achievements
Ivan Vyrypayev was born on August 3, 1974 in Irkutsk.
He graduated from the acting department of the Irkutsk Theater School. He also studied directing at the Theater Institute. B. Shchukin in Moscow.
In 2001, he started cooperation with the Moscow “Teatr.doc”. As a director, he has produced dozens of theater productions around the world. He has won numerous awards at international film and theater festivals. He gained particular recognition from the Polish audience for his dramas (e.g. “Dreams”, “Oxygen”, “Summer wasps sting us even in November”), as well as his film debut “Euphoria”, awarded in Venice and Warsaw. He also directed Russian classics: Gogol’s “The Marriage” at the Studio Theater in Warsaw and Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at the Polish Theater, also in the capital.
In 2012, he received the “Polityka” Passport in the “Theater” category.
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