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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bolshoi Fights Ticket Scalpers

The Bolshoi Theater hopes it has found a way to fight scalpers.

Starting March 30, all ticket sales to performances will be computerized in a bid to stop scalpers from hawking tickets on the square in front of the theater, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported Thursday.

Anatoly Iksanov, the Bolshoi's director, told the newspaper that scalpers are selling tickets for 2,000 rubles ($70) to 2,800 rubles that have face values of just 300 rubles to 400 rubles.

The new, computerized ticket selling system will be jointly implemented with the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Iksanov said.

"The Mariinsky will be selling tickets for Bolshoi performances in St. Petersburg, and Bolshoi in Moscow [will be selling tickets] for Mariinsky performances," he said.

He also said that as of Jan. 1, tickets will be available for purchase just before performances.

Last-minute tickets can usually only be bought from scalpers.