Photo: Kirill Serebrennikov, recently released after almost two years of house arrest, receives national theater awards

Director Kirill Serebrennikov receives a Golden Mask award for his ballet “Nureyev” on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. “Nureyev” was named the best ballet of 2019. Serebrennikov also received the award for Best Director for his staging of “Little Tragedies.” Eight days before the Golden Mask awards ceremony, Serebrennikov was released after nearly two years under house arrest. He is the best-known defendant in the “Seventh Studio” embezzlement case, which his supporters say is politically motivated.