Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation annulled the Film Festival “Open Your Eyes!” only several hours before the opening. Fondation officials say thay have received a letter from Prosecutor’s Office with threat to audit in conjunction with the Film Festival. The Prosecutor’s Office called the President of Foundation for interrogation. Prosecutor’s Office threatens him with inspection of the activities of Foundation. Also the Prosecutor’s Office called the chairman of RSDUY Evgeniy Konovalov to the interrogation. Organizers of the Film Festival are disturbed by the pressure from city authorities. Situation is unacceptable when the social initiative that raises important problems for the city and the country is in fact persecuted and prohibited by the authorities. We are urging the city administration to solve the problem with the spreading xenophobia, helping, or at least not interfering with public organizations. We are urging law enforcement to persecute criminals but not the politicians or defenders. Festival will still take place. We are looking for new premises now.
- Media about thwarting of Film Festival “Open Your Eyes!”