Representatives of the State Duma Committee dealing with issues of culture, held a round table. In the course of the event discussed various issues, including the need to adopt a new bill that would significantly help in the fight against ticket touts.
During the round table expressed Vladimir urin, General Director of the Bolshoi theatre. He noted that the adoption of such a law primarily to protect the spectators. During his speech, he said that receives a significant number of letters from viewers, in which they complain of the high price of theater tickets, as well as the existence of a system of dealers. They are very concerned about that, because you need as soon as possible to tackle this problem.
Preliminary calculations showed that only for last year on the resale alone tickets for a production of “the Nutcracker” Grand theater dealers were able to earn about one million euros. At these calculations into account taking double the price for the tickets, but quite often specialized sites selling them more expensive, and therefore, their profit was much greater. In this regard, the culture Committee 7 November recommended the adoption of a new law that would help to overcome the ticket mafia. In this bill I want to allow the theaters to determine the conditions of return tickets. It is forbidden to make selling tickets at an inflated price. Theaters will be able to massively sell tickets only to those institutions with which they will have signed a contract for cooperation.
Elena Yampolskaya, who heads the culture Committee, acting in the State Duma, said that the Committee agree to support this bill. In her opinion such changes should help to cope with the problems associated with the illegal resale, the price is much more their real value. At the moment, the theaters attempt to overcome dealers theatre tickets, by selling personal tickets. The adoption of a new bill would significantly help them in this struggle. In turn, the opportunity to purchase tickets at their real cost, would draw in Moscow and St. Petersburg theaters are a greater number of viewers.