Acid thrown at ballet director

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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MOSCOW, USA (AP) — A masked assailant threw acid at the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet in an attack that colleagues said yesterday could be in reprisal for his selection of dancers in starring roles at the famed Russian company.


Sergei Filin, a 42-year-old former Bolshoi star, said a man threw the acid into his face late Thursday near the gate of his apartment building in central Moscow. The attacker wore a hood and either a mask or a scarf, so only his eyes were visible, he said.

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