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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Director Is Loser in Taganka Case

The internationally acclaimed stage director Yury Lyubimov on Tuesday lost a court case to keep complete control over the Taganka Theater.

The fudge ruled that Lyubimov's lawyers had failed to give sufficient information about their case to the defendant, former Culture Minister Nikolai Gubenko, according to Lyubimov's lawyer Tatyana Lashkova. She said Lyubimov has one month to appeal.

Lyubimov had asked the court to overturn a decision by the Moscow City Council forcing him to hand over the largest and newest of three stages at the Taganka Theater - for many years one of Moscow's most innovative - to Gubenko.

The two men had split over Lyubimov's decision to privatize the theater. Gubenko, who was once the Soviet Minister for Culture, believed the move would threaten jobs.

The dispute divided the Taganka theater company and Gubenko set up his own troupe, the Commonwealth of Taganka Actors. Two weeks ago Gubenko got the backing of the Moscow City Council, which sent representatives to force Lyubimov to allow Gubenko's troupe to use the main stage.

All three parties to the dispute - Gubenko, Lyubimov and the city council - were represented in court Tuesday, although Lyubimov was not present.

The hearing began an hour late because so many press and interested observers were packed into the courtroom that it had to be moved.