Ballerinas of the Bolshoi Theater were left without pointe shoes due to sanctions

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Ballerinas of the Bolshoi Theater were left without pointe shoes due to sanctions

In Russia, the production of high-quality pointe shoes and not fixed.

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Director General of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia Vladimir Urin said that because of the sanctions, ballerinas cannot get new pointe shoes. This was reported by the News.ru portal.

According to him, shoes for dancers were bought abroad, and now the time has come to purchase new batches of pointe shoes, however, due to new rules for processing the purchase of foreign goods, which had to be introduced on against the backdrop of anti-Russian sanctions, the situation has developed in such a way that at the moment it is impossible to buy pointe shoes.

At an extended meeting in the State Duma of the Russian Federation on import substitution in culture, Urin said that the institution under his control could not yet refuse foreign goods. He stressed that the production of high-quality footwear for artistes has not been established in Russia, and “it is impossible to organize import substitution in one year.” The official urged to simplify the procedure for processing purchases abroad.

“Now we are immersed in the procedure for each item. We send these applications to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and as a result, the process drags on for a long time. For example, they sent a request to give us permission to purchase a batch of famous ballet shoes, since there is no high-quality ballet shoes in Russia, we do not manufacture them. Three months after sending the request, we received a refusal. We cannot purchase the shoes necessary for the theater, the ballerinas were left without shoes, “Urina quotes the portal.

He called for simplifying the procedure for processing purchases abroad and creating a working commission in the State Duma to address issues of procurement and import substitution.