Tsiskaridze is at the epicenter of yet another scandal. Several prominent Russian artists signed a letter to Putin, requesting to dismiss the Bolshoi's General Manager Iksanov and to appoint Tsiskaridze to be the General Manager. From the press accounts, it appears that Tsiskaridze himself did not sign the letter.
The story broke on November 9, when the former Russian Minister of Culture M. Shvydkoy wrote the following on his blog on the website of the Echo of Moscow radio station (http://echo.msk.ru/b...oy/949699-echo/
Recently, a group of famous Russian cultural figures sent a letter to the President of Russian Federation V.V. Putin with a request to fire A. Iksanov and to appoint to his position Nikolay Tsiskaridze, a remarkable dancer nearing the end of his career and a famous media personality.
A media frenzy ensued, and within several days several press accounts uncovered eight out of the twelve signers: Gennady Khazanov, Oleg Tabakov, Mark Zakharov, Alisa Freindlich, Elena Obraztsova (the opera singer), Zurab Sotkilava, Mikhail Lavrovsky, and Galina Volchek:http://izvestia.ru/news/539479http://news.rambler.ru/16335399/http://izvestia.ru/n...8#ixzz2C7lwbGCVhttp://www.aif.ru/cu...e/article/57218http://izvestia.ru/news/539686 http://www.ng.ru/cul.../1_talents.htmlhttp://www.echomsk.s...delaki/9898.php
At first, it was unclear where the letter came from. However, the following excerpt from the interview with Lavrovsky suggests that the letter was authored and circulated by Tsiskaridze himself (http://izvestia.ru/news/539686
Q: Mikhail Shvydkoi in his blog at "The Echo of Moscow" claimed that in the letter to the President there was a call to fire Anatoly Iksanov.
A: I never sign letters against anyone. We have a director, Iksanov, he is wonderful. However, there was a rumor that he was leaving, and we were worried. Because in our theaters they sometimes appoint butchers, sometimes accountants, sometimes tank crew members. I respect all professions. However, somehow in boxing, boxers become the bosses, whereas people who come to us do not know how to do anything, and become the managers of the best theater in the world.
Q: How did you find out that signatures were being collected?
A: I was asked by Nikolay Tsiskaridze.
Q: Do you still have the text of the letter?
A: No, Kolya took it away. [Note: "Kolya" is short for "Nikolay" in Russian.]
Q: What was the main premise of the letter?
A: The substance is that if Iksanov leaves, then let us select the director ourselves. No need to assign someone to us. And if the new director were to be selected on the basis of a competition, I would select Tsiskaridze. He is an international star. That was my wish.
The letter has not been made public. When contacted by the newspaper "Izvestiya", Tsiskaridze refused to comment:http://izvestia.ru/news/539479
In the meantime, the Ministry of Culture renewed Iksanov's contract until 2014 and declared the case closed until then:http://www.aif.ru/cu...e/article/57218