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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bad news, kids: 9, 000 summer camps to close

About four million children will not be able to go to summer camp this year, the newspaper Izvestia reported last week.

More than 9, 000 camps will be closed due to funding problems and rising tuition, the newspaper said.

According to Natalya Malachatkina, deputy chairman of the Russian labor unions, a voucher for a child's three-week holiday costs 5, 000-8, 000 rubles.

Although about 80 percent of this sum is paid by the union's social insurance, parents will still have to pay a minimum of 500 rubles.

Muscovites are hardest hit because camps in the Moscow region are the most expensive in the nation, Izvestia said. At least 130 of the 560 camps outside Moscow will be closed this summer.

Moscow Deputy Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has asked the Russian government for two billion rubles in subsidies, which he says are "necessary for the normal operation of the camps".