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Russian arts sector warns of financial trouble as world-famous Bolshoi Theatre reports record losses during coronavirus pandemic

The director general of Russia’s most iconic arts venue has cautioned that restrictions and a lack of tourism are threatening the country’s traditionally vibrant arts scene.

Vladimir Urin of the Bolshoi Theatre has told reporters that the historic institution, known across the world for ballet and dramatic arts, has lost around 1.2 billion rubles (around $15.5 million) during the coronavirus pandemic. He told Russia’s Dozhd TV channel that “these income losses... until October amounted to about 50% of all income that we have.”

The director of another famous Moscow theatre, the Lenkom’s Mark Varshaver, has also spoken out on the situation facing the arts. Speaking to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, he said that Moscow Deputy Mayor Natalya Sergunina had committed to helping venues meet the shortfall.

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