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Ex-Bolshoi soloist alleges dancers 'forced into sex'

Former Bolshoi soloist Anastasia Volochkova has accused the beleaguered theatre of forcing female dancers to sleep with wealthy patrons, in claims that the general director Anatoly Iksanov on Tuesday dismissed as "ravings". The outspoken dancer, fired from the Bolshoi in 2003 for being too bulky, made the accusations against the scandal-mired Bolshoi in a television talk show on Sunday and repeated them in a radio interview.

Bolshoi ballet chief vows to return after acid attack

AACHEN, Germany (Reuters) - The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet said on Friday he was determined to return to his old life after recovering from an acid attack that badly damaged his eyes, and his German doctor said this should be possible. A masked assailant splashed acid in the face of Sergei Filin as he returned home from the Bolshoi on January 17. Police have charged a top dancer at the world-renowned theatre, Pavel Dmitrichenko, along with two alleged accomplices.

Russia's Bolshoi artists ask Putin for new attack investigation

* Bolshoi artists publish open letter to Putin * Some dancers say confession by top dancer "unconvincing" By Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) - Artists at Russia's Bolshoi ballet asked Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to order a new inquiry into the acid attack on the troupe's artistic director, fearing the dancer arrested for the assault was only a pawn in the case.

Bolshoi acid attack 'puppeteer' still at large: theatre

A Bolshoi ballet dancer charged with ordering an acid attack on the troupe's artistic director was not the ultimate "puppeteer" behind the plot, the theatre said Monday after police said they had solved the case. "We have doubts that Pavel Dmitrichenko was the final mastermind of the attack on Sergei Filin. The leadership of the Bolshoi Theatre feels the same," theatre spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told the Interfax news agency.

Bolshoi says acid attack mastermind still unidentified

The Bolshoi ballet dancer charged with ordering the acid attack on the troupe's artistic director was not the ultimate mastermind, the theatre claimed Monday after police said they had wrapped up their investigation. "We have doubts that Pavel Dmitrichenko was the final mastermind of the attack on Sergei Filin. The leadership of the Bolshoi Theatre feels the same," theatre spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told the Interfax news agency.

Bolshoi says acid attack mastermind still unidentified

The Bolshoi ballet dancer charged with ordering the acid attack on the troupe's artistic director was not the ultimate mastermind, the theatre claimed Monday after police said they had wrapped up their investigation. "We have doubts that Pavel Dmitrichenko was the final mastermind of the attack on Sergei Filin. The leadership of the Bolshoi Theatre feels the same," theatre spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told the Interfax news agency.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Moscow court remands Bolshoi dancer in custody

A Moscow district court remanded leading Bolshoi Theatre dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko in custody until April 18 over the acid attack on the ballet troupe's artistic director Sergei Filin. The judge at the Tagansky district court in Moscow ruled that Dmitrichenko had to stay in custody until the end of the initial investigation period, rejecting a petition by the defence for him to be released on bail. sjw/am/yad

UPDATE 5-Bolshoi dancer who played villains admits acid attack

* Artistic director burned and nearly blinded * Bolshoi soloist and two others have confessed, police say * Attack reveals infighting at world-famous troupe (Adds comment from Filin's lawyer) By Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, March 6 (Reuters) - A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles.

Dancer admits ordering attack on Bolshoi chief

A leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist has confessed to ordering the acid attack on the artistic director of the world famous dance company and risks up to 12 years in jail, Moscow police said Wednesday. Pavel Dmitrichenko, one of the company's leading male dancers, signed a confession along with two other suspects who were all arrested on Tuesday in a dramatic denouement to the investigation into the January attack on Sergei Filin.

UPDATE 2-Bolshoi dancer who played villains confesses to acid attack

* Artistic director burned and nearly blinded * Bolshoi soloist and two others have confessed, police say * Attack reveals infighting at world-famous troupe (Adds quotes and details) By Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, March 6 (Reuters) - A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles.
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