Dancer forced out of Bolshoi over acid attack
The principal ballet dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow has been told to leave by the end of the month amid allegations that he was implicated in a feud in which the artistic director was almost blinded in an acid attack.
Nikolai Tsiskaridze (39) is the latest casualty of infighting in the world's leading ballet company.
Mr Tsiskaridze denies allegations he was tied to the attack on Sergei Filin, who suffered severe burns to his face and eyes in the late-night assault. He said a whispering campaign had cost him his job.
Pavel Dmitrichenko, a Tsiskaridze protege at the Bolshoi, and two alleged accomplices were charged over the attack and are in jail awaiting trial. They face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.