Gutseriyev's group accused Zapashny of lie about project with Cirque du Soleil
Safmar accused Edgar Zapashny of spreading slander at a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The company of Mikhail Gutseriyev called everything said by Zapashny outright lie.
Edgar Zapashny, Director of the Big Moscow Circus, misled President Vladimir Putin and the public, according to a press release of Safmar group, Mikhail Gutseriyev, received by RBC. Zapashny’s statements made at the meeting with Putin are described in the press release as “delirium and a sick fantasy.”
“We have not invested and are not going to invest in the development of the Canadian circus. Our relationship with Cirque du Soleil does not extend beyond the lease one, and we never intended to build a stationary center, let alone Cirque du Soleil school. All these statements are nonsense, that is, a sick fantasy of trainer Zapashny! Therefore, we consider Zapashny's hallucinations as a brazen slander and outright lie,” the document reads.
“We are convinced that an animal trainer appointed to such a high administrative position has no right to mislead the President of the country and the general public,” Safmar believes.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.