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Cirque du Soleil: Restrictions on foreign circuses to hit Russian spectators

January 11, 2017, 20:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Possible restrictions will lead to rising ticket prices, according to Cirque du Soleil Rus general director

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MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Possible restrictions on foreign circuses in Russia will hit Russian spectators as it will lead to geographic segregation of audience, Cirque du Soleil Rus General Director Natalya Romanova told TASS.

Russia’s Rambler News Service reported earlier that Chairman of the Public Council of the Culture Ministry Pavel Pozhigailo had called for taking legislative measures particularly aimed at restricting the number of shows and imposing a special fee on the circuses that operate in Russia under a foreign brand name.

According to Romanova, the Cirque du Soleil Rus company is registered in Russia and is likely to continue its work, at least in Moscow. "Possible restrictions will lead to only one consequence, rising ticket prices, while we have been preventing this for the past eight years," she added.

Romanova noted that possible restrictions "will do no good to Russian circuses." "Such decision will hit a million of our spectators who have been attending our shows in 11 Russia’s cities, apart from Moscow," the Cirque du Soleil Rus general director said. She called for a debate on such measures that would involve circus professionals.

Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company producing circus shows. The Cirque du Soleil Rus company was founded in 2008, a total of 2.2 mln people in Russia have attended its shows since then.

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