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Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov (C), who was accused of embezzling state funds and placed under house arrest, is greeted by actress Yelena Koreneva after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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XIAMEN, China (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that neither censorship nor pressure was behind the arrest of prominent Russian film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has a history of criticising authority.

Russia's Investigative Committee has said it suspects Serebrennikov of embezzling at least 68 million rubles (£908,482) in state funds earmarked for an art project. Serebrennikov, under house arrest awaiting trial, denies the charges.

"Others will also be brought to justice if there are any (material) claims to them," Putin told a news conference after a summit of the BRICS nations in China.

($1 = 57.8963 rubles)

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Larry King)

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