City authorities thwart film festival “Open Your Eyes!”

Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation annulled the Film Festival “Open Your Eyes!” for several hours before the opening. Fondation officials say about 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 the 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 disturbed about the pressure from city authorities. Situation is unacceptable when the social initiative that raises important problems for the city and the country in fact persecuted and prohibited by the authorities. We are urge the executive branch of the city really solve the problem with the growth of xenophobia, helping, or at least not interfering with public organizations. We are urge law enforcement to the to catch criminals but not the politicians or defenders. Festival still takes place. We are looking for new premises now.

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