We reported in December 2011 that Igor Zotov, former director of the Valery Gergiev Foundation and the White Nights Festival, had been arrested for an $8 million theft. A statement by the Gergiev Foundation amplified the allegations. Since then, the case has gone quiet.
Lawyers for Zotov have posted a message in his name online, saying he denies theft and fraud. He has been held for more than a year without trial. His health has collapsed and his wife has been threatened by unnamed persons. Zotov, in the message posted by his lawyers, accuses Valery Gergiev of seeking ‘to extend his detention’. No date has been set for the trial.
In the lawless state of Russia, detention without trial is commonplace. The message – posted here in Russian (with Google translate) – is only one side of the story. It is very much to be hoped that a fair and open trial will be held soon.