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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kremlin Visitors Now Pay One Price

After years of hearing foreign visitors to the Kremlin museums complain about having to pay much more for admission than Russians, museum management has done something about it.

The solution may not make anyone happy, however. Previously, Russians paid 70 rubles (just over $2.60) for admission to the country's most famous museum complex, while foreigners paid 300 rubles ($11.30) -- more than four times as much.

Now everyone will pay 300 rubles per ticket. "We see no reason to maintain the preferential price for tickets," Zelfira Tregulova, deputy director of the Moscow Kremlin Museum, said Monday. "Other museums, such as the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, long ago began charging the same price" for Russians and foreigners.

Tregulova stressed, however, that pensioners, students and the handicapped would continue to pay 70 rubles for admission to the museum.

Foreign students with valid ID cards also qualify for the 70-ruble price.

"The preferential price for Russians and citizens of the Commonwealth of Indepedent States was left over from the Soviet era. There is no longer a social or economic justification for retaining it," Tregulova said.

Tregulova said she was confident the price change would not reduce the number of Russians who visit the museum.