"In the context of our 237-year history, in two years' time, the acid attack will be a footnote in history but it's still very raw now."
How reassuring it must be to know that your theater regards your plight as a future footnote. What does that make Ms. Novikova?
"Unfortunately, it was a big blow, to the theatre and the country, since the theatre is Russia's calling card to the world. We still can't explain it and we don't know how it will end but the show must go on."
A big blow because it damaged the country's reputation? What about the lives and careers hanging in the balance?