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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mariinsky Corruption Probe Dropped

The St. Petersburg Prosecutor's office has dropped an investigation into alleged corruption among the directors of the Mariinsky Ballet Theater, Itar-Tass reported.


The case began in September 1995, when Mariinsky director Anatoly Malkov and chief choreographer Oleg Vinogradov were arrested on suspicion of taking $10,000 from a Canadian impresario, John Cripton, for arranging a tour. The bills had been marked by police and found in Malkov's possession.


Itar-Tass said Deputy Prosecutor General Boris Dolya told a news conference Wednesday the case had been dropped because much of the evidence was inadmissible due to police errors. He said Cripton's testimony had been taken down in Russian even though he did not speak the language. In addition, the marked notes allegedly found in Malkov's possession were returned to Cripton before they had been duly verified as evidence.