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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:48 AM

Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin attacked with acid in Moscow

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Source: Washington Post

In MOSCOW — Snow was falling in the late-night darkness Thursday when a masked figure called out the name of the most influential man at the Bolshoi Ballet — and threw acid in his face. The victim, Sergei Filin, was badly burned, and his sight is threatened.

Evil and betrayal have long played out on the Bolshoi stage, to the enchantment of ballet lovers. By many accounts Friday, they have spilled over into the dancers’ lives and now jeopardize its leadership. Although the motive remains unclear, the attack in central Moscow put a sudden spotlight on festering scandals, battles over artistic vision and historic struggles to shake off the Bolshoi’s Soviet past.

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Speculation about who was behind the attack — and why — electrified the dance world, where the Bolshoi is known for the technical brilliance, dramatic characterization and high emotion of its performances — and artistic rivalries — rather than for dangerous intrigue.

“In the past they dueled,” said Anastasia Volochkova, a former Bolshoi ballerina, on Ekho Moskvy radio. “People used to cross swords or tried to have it out in a decent way. But splashing acid into the face. . This is so low. It’s hard to make any comment.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/bolshoi-ballet-director-sergei-filin-attacked-with-acid/2013/01/18/1b610eec-617a-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_story.html?hpid=z1

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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:54 AM

1. this saddened me deeply.... he's only 42 yrs old, and brilliant. I think they are airlifting him

to Brussels for emergency eye surgery.. I hope he doesn't lose his sight.

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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:03 AM

2. duplicate topic

Please add this article to the previously posted thread here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014373058

Thanks!

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