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Russia: Russian Holidaymakers Blame Politics For Tourist Firm's Collapse

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AUGUST 5, 2014) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF BANKRUPT TOURIST FIRM 'LABIRINT' / PEOPLE QUEUING OUTSIDE 'LABIRINT' FIRM SIGN VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE BANKRUPT TOURIST FIRM WOMAN DRAGGING SUITCASE ALONG ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TOURISM MANAGER, OLGA, SAYING: "It's the political situation in the country and probably somebody's big personal material interests (that caused the collapse). Nothing depends on us, ordinary people, as in (tourism) agency directors, managers, or just people who were dreaming of a holiday." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TOURISM MANAGER, YELENA , SAYING: "Economy and what is going on in our country and in Ukraine (is to blame), it is the economic situation in our country." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TOURISM MANAGER, VASILY, SAYING: "This is either done so that people forget about places like Turkey, Italy and (spend time) at our resorts and in Crimea, or this is done by somebody who wants to take over the market, these are the two options." 'LABIRINT' SIGN ON DOOR PEOPLE ENTERING BUILDING PEOPLE QUEUING OUTSIDE BUILDING RUSSIAN FEDERAL AGENCY OF TOURISM MINISTERS GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN CULTURE MINISTER, VLADIMIR MEDINSKY, SAYING: "There are simple economic reasons, such as competition, dumping, the absence of insurance, and greediness. Greediness. You know, experience shows there is no such thing as worldwide conspiracy, there's only greediness and stupidity." CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MINISTER OF RESORTS AND TOURISM OF KRASNODAR REGION, EVGENY KUDELYA, SAYING: "Krasnodar region is ready to host all those who were affected (by tourist firms collapse). The accommodation including breakfast is free for up to seven days. To answer the question of how we are going to compensate for that, it is very simple, the answer is on the surface: every tourist, apart from just living (in a hotel), spends money on excursions, in cafes, restaurants. We will be able to easily compensate for these expenses and Sochi will accept many more tourists. The city has big potential after the Olympics." VARIOUS OF MOSCOW KREMLIN
Dateline: 2014

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