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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taganka Shut Indefinitely By Director

Yury Lyubimov, the veteran director of Moscow's Taganka Theater, decided Wednesday to close the theater for an indefinite period rather than allow a rival to take over its largest and most modern stage.

Lyubimov lost a court case Tuesday to reverse a Moscow City Council decree that would force him to hand over the largest of the theater's three stages to the Soviet Union's last culture minister, Nikolai Gubenko.

At a meeting Wednesday with members of the theater company who have remained loyal to him, Lyubimov decided to close the theater for the season and to withdraw his case from the Moscow court, according to his assistant, Tatyana Vashkina. She said he would now try to reopen the case in an all-Russian arbitration court.

Lyubimov also drafted an open letter to President Boris Yeltsin at the meeting, in which he asked the president to save the Taganka.