The Director of the Yalta theatre named after A. P. Chekhov Nicholas Rudnik told “MK” that his child’s going to stop working because of the multi-million debt to businessman Alexander Lebedev, who first invested in the temple of art about 10 million euros, and then turned it into a bargaining chip in bargaining with the Crimean authorities. While the entrepreneur solves the problem, the actors are forced to 2 thousand rubles per month.
“All the millions of debts hang on the theater and the commercial company which is the Cyprus offshore company and is actually owned by Lebedev. Once upon a time it was necessary for the management of its Ukrainian assets, but now they are almost gone, and the firm is mired in the courts. However, our theatre is for Lebedev bargaining chip that he was going to use to get from the Crimean authorities to some objects in Alushta. We are absolutely not interested. He never talked to me on the phone and in the theatre for all time of its opening was only 30 minutes. However, our theatre is facing serious financial difficulties as a poor decision and do not go to us. As a result, the income of the theater does not cover even a third of the cost. Actors get 2 thousand rubles per month. In this salary we can hold a maximum of 15 days, and then all run away. In this situation we are for a long time. Still we managed to survive thanks to the help of the former head of Vnesheconombank Vladimir Dmitriev that in 2013-2014 we donated 400 thousand dollars a year. With regard to the Crimean authorities, at all levels, officials say that can’t give money, because we belong to a foreign entity. They did not hurt the soul of one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe” — said “MK” Mine.
The staff of the Chekhov theatre believe that its closure would be a shameful episode in the history of the return of the Crimea to Russia, and it is difficult to disagree. As you know, it was founded in 1883, and there were such stars of world culture, as Fyodor Shalyapin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. However, in 1996, the theater had closed, as it was literally falling to pieces. Re-open for spectators was only 2008, and it is only because the idea of restoration was filed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Lebedev have invested in this venture about 10 million euros.
Now the patron says he does not want to invest in the theatre of the new funds as it has doubts about the effectiveness of their spending. In particular, in 2016, his men conducted an audit that revealed numerous abuses committed by unidentified persons. According to Lebedev, the theatre was created by several firms and charitable funds through which the employees of the temple of culture has received money from third parties, and spent them on what is unknown. In this regard, he is still in 2016, insisted on the change of leadership of the Yalta theater.
Meanwhile the it should be noted that, despite the lack of money, in 2015, the theatre received the National award for event tourism “Russian Event Awards” in the nomination “the Best event in the field of culture”. And in may 2016, he won in the nomination “Historical, architectural, religious sites and museums” all-Russian festival-contest of tourist sites, “the Miracle of Russia”.