Sunday 22 October 2017

I'll work again, vows Bolshoi attack victim

David McHugh

THE Bolshoi ballet artistic director badly burned in an acid attack has said he is "full of strength and faith" that he will eventually see well enough to return to work at the famed Moscow theatre.

Sergei Filin, a black scarf and knitted hat covering his burns, spoke at a news conference at University Hospital Aachen, in Germany, where doctors said one of his badly damaged eyes had shown some improvement and that they remained hopeful he would recover useful vision.

"I am full of strength and faith that I will recover what has been unjustly taken from me," Filin said, and added he was not afraid of returning to the theatre.

"As soon as I can see . . . I will go back and do the same work . . . I am not afraid."

Dr Martin Hermel, an eye specialist at the Aachen University Clinic, said that Filin had suffered damage to both eyes. He cautioned that Filin faces "complex and long-term treatment". Filin's left eye had shown some improvement, he added.

Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko has told a Moscow court that he gave his blessing for the January 17 attack but never expected the perpetrator to use acid.

Irish Independent

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