October 31, 2022

A Director Detained


A Director Detained
Non-extreme behavior charged extremely. The Russian Life files

Playwright Alexei Zhitkovsky was detained on October 19 on suspicion of engaging in "extremism." Zhitkovsky has reported that his apartment was searched and his wife was also detained. His wife was later released.

News agency Ura.ru contacted the press services of the departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Investigative Committee for the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, and both denied detaining Zhitkovsky. The FSB has refused calls from journalists.

Zhitkovsky is a well-known Russian playwright and director, and he has made his views about the invasion of Ukraine well known via social media and interviews. Unsurprisingly, this has drawn negative attention from authorities.

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