Doctors will carry out a second operation on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre in a bid to save his sight after acid was thrown in his face.
Ophthalmologists and burns specialists said Sergei Filin needed more surgery, but his condition had improved and he was sleeping without painkillers.
Police said the assailant who attacked him near his home in Moscow used sulphuric acid, which can mutilate the skin on contact and lead to permanent blindness if splashed in the eyes.
Police and the Bolshoi's director, Anatoly Iksanov, believe that the assault was linked to Mr Filin's work. The 42-year-old, who had received threatening phone calls and had his car vandalised, confirmed that view in a TV interview from hospital.
There have been battles between factions of management and the dance troupe at the Bolshoi in recent years. (© Daily Telegraph, London)