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Sergei Filin Attacked


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#451 Alymer

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

A picture in today's Times shows Filin with heavy scarring on the right side of his face and neck, even though most of his face his hidden by dark glasses and a woollen hat pulled down to his eyebrows. Clearly the damage caused by the acid is extremely severe and not just to his eyes.

#452 Alayna

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:01 PM

Yes, permanent scarring on Filin's face, eleven surgeries (and counting) on his eyes, no vision in his right eye and so far only limited vision in his left, and yet Tsiskaridze and some of his supporters still claim that there was no acid in the jar and the whole thing was a hoax. But I still think that Filin looks amazingly good considering he had acid thrown in his face. He may be scarred but he still looks like himself. He still has his face. I guess the press and I have different definitions for the word "disfigured."

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:50 AM

The pictures here: http://www.newser.co...work-again.html give a good view of Sergei's face where the damage to the skin can be seen on the right jaw and the neck. To my relief it doesn't look as extremely severe.
Eyes, eyes are the obvious priority in his case. Doctors and God help him to regain as much of his eyesight as possible.

#454 Ilya

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:31 AM

These pictures do not give a good view of anything---the resolution is too low. But even there you can see that his entire face and neck are scarred. This, combined with the statements from his doctors and the reports of more than a dozen surgeries, looks extremely severe to me.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:26 AM

These latest reports about all the layers of his skin being destroyed and the anticipation of severe scarring contradict the encouraging reports about the condition of his skin at the hospital in Moscow. From what I understood after a couple of skin grafts it was decided that his skin was doing well enough that it should be able to heal on its own. So I'm a bit confused with these latest statements - especially the part about the anticipation of MORE scarring. Does that mean they expect his scarring to get even worse? But I agree the main concern is his eyesight. I wonder if he'll eventually be able to see well enough not only to return to work, but also to be able to do normal things like read a book, watch a movie, drive a car and play with his sons. It makes me sick when I think about what's been done to him.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:40 AM

These latest reports about all the layers of his skin being destroyed and the anticipation of severe scarring contradict the encouraging reports about the condition of his skin at the hospital in Moscow. From what I understood after a couple of skin grafts it was decided that his skin was doing well enough that it should be able to heal on its own. So I'm a bit confused with these latest statements - especially the part about the anticipation of MORE scarring. Does that mean they expect his scarring to get even worse? But I agree the main concern is his eyesight. I wonder if he'll eventually be able to see well enough not only to return to work, but also to be able to do normal things like read a book, watch a movie, drive a car and play with his sons. It makes me sick when I think about what's been done to him.



I agree... it truly is a heinous thing and he has many months (and perhaps a lifetime) of dealing with this. Over what? All the reasons and motives seem so petty, pride and egos (not that there can ever be a true reason to throw acid on someone anyway).

My heart goes out to him and his family, it truly is a very very sick thing to do to another human being. I really hope he gets to come back and continue to do his work - but I also imagine going back into such an environment will not be easy for him.

#457 Ilya

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

[size=4]Two more translations. The first one is from gazeta.ru, [font=Helvetica]http://www.gazeta.ru...n_2803161.shtml[/font][/size]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Employees of the Bolshoi Theater elected Pavel Dmitrichenko the chairman of the labor union committee of the Bolshoi Theater during a recent meeting of the labor union, related on Sunday a principal dancer of the theater Nikolay Tsiskaridze.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]"Last week there was a meeting of the theater, and all unanimously elected Dmitrichenko, who is being investigated, as the chairman of the labor union committee of the Bolshoi Theater," said Tsiskaridze live on the NTV television channel.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]He also remarked that "we saw Pavel on TV the next day after he was detained (in the case of the attack on the Artistic Director of the Ballet Sergey Filin.---Gazeta.Ru), with a huge bruises under the eyes, and the guys who had seen him the day before all said that a person cannot change like that in one day."[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Commenting on the situation with suspicions against him, Tsiskaridze remarked that the investigators were sure of his innocence in the attack against the ballet master Sergey Filin from the very beginning.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]"The investigator who was interrogating me told me that he doesn't understand why he was interrogating me," Tsiskaridze is quoted as saying by "Interfax". According to him, the troupe of the Bolshoi Theater does not believe the doctors' reports regarding Filin's health.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]"Everybody has suspicions, we would like for the professionals to clarify to us, where is this burn, a third-degree burn that they are talking about, they are also talking about a large number of surgeries. All the artists are talking about this among themselves," he said.[/size][/size][/font]



#458 Ilya

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]The second one is from "Izvestia", http://izvestia.ru/news/546821[/size][/size][/font]

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[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Initially Nikolay Tsiskaridze was a suspect in the attack on the chief ballet master of the Bolshoi Theater. Among those who could have stood behind the attack, Filin named the soloist of the theater Nikolay Tsiskaridze. During the first interrogation, the Artistic Director of the ballet company said that Tsiskaridze blackmailed him using the recording of Filin's conversation with ballerina Angelina Vorontsova.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]According to "Izvestia's" information, Sergey Filin shared his suspicions regarding the supposed organizer of one of the most sensational crimes of 2013 inside Moscow's Hospital 36 the next day after the attack.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]"The name of Nikolay Tsiskaridze came up during the first interrogation," a source close to the investigation told "Izvestia". "Sergey Filin said that the leading soloist of the Bolshoi theater told him that he was clamping down on his students. "According to the ballet master, Tsiskaridze did not make direct threats; however, literally a month before the attack there was an incident between them that, according to the Bolshoi Artistic Director's opinion, could have led to the attack."[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]At that time, according to the Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director, Tsiskaridze said that he was in possession of an audio recording of a conversation of Sergey Filin with Angelina Vorontsova, in which the ballet master proposed that the ballerina change her coach and leave Tsiskaridze. "Nikolay Tsiskaridze called this conversation a compromising material against me," explained ballet master to the insvestigator.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]In addition to Tsiskaridze, Sergey Filin also mentioned Pavel Dmitrichenko and the ballet company manager Ruslan Pronin during the interrogation. The former openly threatened him and hinted at a "surprise" in the making, and the latter was a close friend of Dmitrichenko and was in the know about all the Artistic Director's work.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]"Sergey Filin related that, besides Tsiskaridze, Pavel Dmitrichenko was also collecting compromising material against him," continues "Izvestia's" interlocutor. "The theory with Dmitrichenko looked more convincing, because he, according to Filin, openly voiced dissatisfaction, made complaints, provoked the troupe, threatened, mentioned some "surprise" in the making."[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]The ballet company manager Ruslan Pronin was initially a suspect not only as a close friend of Pavel Dmitrichenko, but also as a person who was informed about many aspects of Filin's professional activities. Two days after the attack, while in the hospital, the ballet master recalled that on the day of the attack Ruslan Pronin asked him whether he was going to watch the performance at the Bolshoi. Filin told him that he was going to go to MHAT that evening.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Pronin became the only suspect who asked Sergey Filin about his plans for the evening of January 17. However, later it turned out that he was asked to find out Filin's whereabouts by none other than Pavel Dmitrichenko---under the pretext that he wanted to give the Artistic Director a letter from the labor union about problems in the theater. The same evening, Ruslan Pronin sent to Dmitrichenko's phone two text messages. The first one was: "Filin came in, you should stop by regarding the union." The second one said that the Artistic Director of the Ballet had left the theater.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Both Nikolay Tsiskaridze and Ruslan Pronin were not available for comments when this material was being prepared.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Filin reconstructed the details of the evening of January 17 minute by minute. On his way back from the theater, he gave a ride to Karetnaya Street to his colleague Olga Smirnova, and then went to the courtyard of his house. He walked from the parking to the metal gate which was in front of the entrance, and started keying in the code; however, the device didn't immediately work. At this moment he noticed a young man three feet away who was hiding his face under a mask or a scarf. The attacker was looking Sergey Filin directly in the eyes, and kept his right hand behind his back. Suspecting foul play, the Artistic Director wanted to do something, but at this moment the criminal quickly approached him and splashed acid in his face.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Injured Sergey Filin ran towards the guard's booth at the parking lot, falling down several times on his way. The guard, after seeing the ballet master who was writhing in pain, attempted to wipe his face with snow, then called Filin's spouse Maria and the paramedics. Together with his wife, the Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director went home upstairs and tried to wash his eyes and face with cold water.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Recently, both the investigators and Filin himself confirmed that Pavel Dmitrichenko was among the suspects from the very beginning.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]"I'm unhappy with what happened to me and with the fact that somebody decided that it's ok to do this to me. As to the suspects---the person who has been detained, was among them," Filin said during a press-conference at the clinic in Aachen on March 15.[/size][/size][/font]

[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Earlier, the head of the Investigative Department of Moscow Central District's police Alexander Kuligin said in an interview with "Izvestia" that the investigators built their theories based on the testimony of Sergey Filin and on the interrogations of other employees of the Bolshoi Theater. During the vetting of various theories, according to Kuligin, the investigators zoomed in on one, which subsequently was confirmed.[/size][/size][/font]
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#459 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:35 PM

can someone give us a rundown on this? I don't know when this was done but it showed up on line a few minutes ago

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:03 PM

A couple of excerpts from this are quoted above in my post #457. Basic summary: unscrupulous people piling on a severely injured person. And on, and on, and on. "All the confrontations between Pavel and Sergey were because of all the injustices that Sergey perpetrated on various dancers... Sergey was looking very strange at the press conference. If you are a burn victim, you'd want your burns to be uncovered or at most covered with cotton. How come he was wearing a heavy woolen cap and a scarf? How can one look like that after chemical burns?---Yes, everybody at the theater is talking about this... All of us have suspicions---we all would like for professionals to explain to us, where are these, unfortunately sulphuric acid burns---God save everyone from these---especially they are talking about third-degree burns, about a wild number of surgeries... In actuality, you are looking at this person yourselves (footage of Filin's press conference being shown on the big screen in the studio) and its funny to give any explanations... Everyone at the theater is talking about this."
Fifteen minutes of this video were enough to make me want to throw up, then I stopped watching. It's too disgusting for me to finish watching the entire 40 minutes, sorry.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:06 PM

Ilya, thank you so much for your translations. They are a great contribution to the board.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:32 PM

I have news for him; if you're burned you also want the right kind of covering in order to minimize scarring and what I think is called a keloid, those sort of lumpy irregular scars that you see sometimes that don't get treatment. Odds are there is some sort of compressive bandage underneath the hat that we cannot see that gets changed on a very regular basis. Additionally I suspect he's covered that way because were he to go into an unregulated environment he would be particularly susceptible to infection. How damned ignorant can this guy get? Filin, if I read this correctly, was sort of half facing away from the attacker; had he been facing him head on the damage would have been even worse. And I seem to remember reading that the solution he used was a sort of home-made mixture which he had been trying to doctor to make it stronger - imagine if he had been able to get hold of the industrial stuff! Someone who was attacked face-on was the British model Katie Piper: http://www.liveleak....=2c8_1269583013

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:25 PM

Nikolay Tsiskaridze is a disgusting excuse for a human being. It's not enough for him that Sergei Filin is a victim of a horrific physical attack from which he will never fully recover from, he has to continue to attack him in the press and smear his good name as well? Does he think all of these doctors are in on some kind of conspiracy? Does he think Sergei is faking his blindness? If his attacker had in fact succeeded in ruining Sergei's face and completely blinding him the way he intended, would Tsiskaridze then be satisfied? As for the whole troupe questioning the extent of Sergei Filin's injuries - I'm skeptical about that. Maybe Tsiskaridze's own circle of groupies, but the whole troupe? Because if everyone feels that way, then what the hell is Sergei coming back to? I think he's paid way too high a price for working at the Bolshoi. I know he loves the Bolshoi and I admire his courage and determination to come back, but I don't think any job position is worth what he's now going through.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:31 PM

Tsiskaridze said earlier that anyone who knows a little science would know that it couldn't possibly have been sulfuric acid because if you add water to sulfuric acid, it becomes explosive, and since the guard and Filin rubbed snow on Filin's face and neck right after he was attacked, and he showered with cold water as soon as he was able to get back to his apartment and before the ambulance came, the snow/water would have done more damage than good. (Sulfuric acid needs to be added to water to avoid the reaction.) However, any one knowing how to use Google search and knowing a little science can make specious arguments, since the appropriate first response for sulfuric acid burns is to rinse with copious amounts of cold water. Running water over acid-burned skin is not the same as adding water to a container of concentrated sulfuric acid.

Tsiskaridze brought this up ostensibly to argue that the authorities' story and methods were not up to snuff and that anything the police said should be suspect. That line of thinking has obviously worked in the theater, so why should he stop now?

#465 Cygnet

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

Ismene Brown's article in yesterday's Artsdesk:
http://www.theartsde...boycott-bolshoi

(Edited to add) also note Boer Deng's article in this month's edition of the Atlantic:
http://www.theatlant...-doomed/274109/


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