Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yekaterinburg Circus continues renovations despite funding gaps

The Yekaterinburg Circus remains determined to modernize its facilities despite a severe lack of resources.

According to Anatoly Marchevsky, the director of the Yekaterinburg Circus, the circus has been stuck in the middle of a budgetary gap, Mir66 reports.

"Because the circus is federal property, in accordance with current legislation, any city or regional authorities do not have the right to fund us, so that the circus has to solve all the issues from their own revenues," Marchevsky said, according to Mir66.

The director added that the circus received no financial assistance from the federal budget for the past 17 years.

"All expenses: wages, taxes, utility bills, hotel for artists, transportation and feeding of animals, the costs of advertising, maintenance, transportation costs, etc. - all lie on our shoulders," Marchvsky said, Mir66 reports.

Plans have already been made to repair the circus, but the process lacks adequate funding. Nevertheless, the circus has moved forward with its project to replace all 2,600 seats by May of this year. The first 10 rows of seats, 1,000 total, have already been installed.

The Yekaterinburg Circus was built in 1980 on the banks of the Iset river and regularly hosts many Russian and international troupes.