Bolshoi ballet director in acid attack, may lose sight
Sergei Filin, a former leading dancer at the Bolshoi who has been in the high-pressure job at the heart of Russian culture for nearly two years, was attacked outside his Moscow apartment building as he returned from an outing on Thursday night.
Such is the prestige of Filin's post in Russian life, and its power inside the theatre, that stunned current and former colleagues suggested the motive could have been envy, rivalry or even competition for roles.
His face covered in bandages with holes for the mouth and eyes, Filin sounded relieved to have survived the attack.
"I was scared, I thought he was going to shoot me, honestly ... and I turned to run but he chased me down," Filin told Russia's REN TV.