The Russian service of Radio Liberty has published a blog post by Pavel Dmitrichenko, in which he continues to protest his innocence. Perhaps there will be more "letters from prison" forthcoming.
There is absolutely no personal conflict in my case. Unfortunately, I cannot write a great deal about the details of the case and about the situation as a whole since the investigation is ongoing, and it poses a danger to my friends and parents. Thank god, my wife Anzhelina Vorontsova is now out of danger. After numerous threats from the leadership of ballet, she was forced in the interest of her safety to leave the theater.
In order to understand what is going on at the Bolshoi Theater as a whole, it is necessary to lay out a timeline of events, to find the starting point from which everything began. It is necessary to turn attentions to the time when the problems began within the ballet. The departure of Bolshoi stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, two distinguished male principals–Andrei Uvarov and Dmitry Belogolovtsev–resigned, Tsiskaridze was driven out with every kind of reprimand. And the last, catastrophic act of the ballet leadership–the removal of the great ballerina Svetlana Zakharova from the first cast of the ballet Eugene Onegin. It is because the last event that director Anatoly Iksanov lost his position, although he had nothing to do with it.
The director always and everywhere repeated, “I will not and do not consider it necessary to intervene in the artistic matters of the troupe.” On the one hand, he may be correct. But, on the other hand, if the ballet management starts to humiliate and insult people, to threaten them with removal from the repertoire, to deprive them of premiums for something said not to their liking, to distribute presidential grants in their own interests (covering themselves with a commission of people who get paid bonuses for it)… When at the initiative of the ballet’s directorship Ruslan Pronin is removed, having previously demanded from him a payment of $100,000 to keep the post of manager of the ballet company! After these conditions were presented and Pronin refused them, he was removed from the theater.
It is worth considering, where does the problem lie, where is the real tumor behind everything that is happening? When I–and I always spoke openly about this in the theater, trying to use legal means (through the union, the Labor Inspection) to resist these actions–am locked up in jail for a crime I did not order and did not organize. And I think it is clear to everyone: a person who has the support of half the theater, who is elected leader of the trade union (instead of Sergei Filin), does not need [to do] such a thing. And those involved in this Truman Show are wonderful actors.