Russia's Bolshoi reopens after reconstruction

Historic theatre reopens after $700m restoration effort that was plagued by financial scandals.

    Russia's historic Bolshoi Theatre has reopened with an exclusive party to celebrate a renovation that has taken six years, cost $700m and revived a revered cultural symbol scarred by centuries of use and abuse.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opened the gala, which was attended by politicians and celebrities from all over the world.

    The 235-year-old building was shut down because of fears its foundations could crumble

    Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from the Russian capital, Moscow.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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