Someone at this board commented on how empty the stands seem. I found here a Russian article that talks about how Moscow seems to have a much lower attendance than St. Petersburg. Marinin said that St. Pete got more people in for the Nationals than Moscow for the Worlds!
This was the response of one of the readers:
Sounds to me like much of the Soviet era mentality mixed in with emerging capitalism is still in full force...Most of the tickets to the Moscow championships are sold not in Luzhniki (the stadium where the competition takes place), but through some soccer tourist agency, which many people don't know. There is no information about having to get the tickets not in Luzhniks but elsewhere. It's a paradox: the ticket boxes don't have tickets, but nobody knows where to get them.
Now for the prices. The ceapest tickets for the short program are 700 r ($1 ~30r), for the free - 900 r, for the exhibitions - 1500 r. In St. Petersburg in march, the exhibition tickets where 200 - 900 r. That I think answers everything.
By the way, when Ilya Averbukh had his show in Moscow in December (prices ranging from 150 to 1000 r), there wasn't an empty seat in the house. So don't be cross with the Moskovites
And if you're wondering about those pricces for the Russian people - yes, they are prohibitevely expensive. We may think of $50 as a reasonable price to pay for the cheapest seats at exhibitions, but don't forget that Russians make much less than we do. Those earning $500 - $1000/ month are considered to be doing quite well (not enough to afford any luxury, but certainly OK).