Sergei Filin Attacked
Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:41 PM
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:50 AM
Eyes, eyes are the obvious priority in his case. Doctors and God help him to regain as much of his eyesight as possible.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:31 AM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:26 AM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:40 AM
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.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:00 PM
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.
"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.
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."
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.
"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.
"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.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:03 PM
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Both Nikolay Tsiskaridze and Ruslan Pronin were not available for comments when this material was being prepared.
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.
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.
Recently, both the investigators and Filin himself confirmed that Pavel Dmitrichenko was among the suspects from the very beginning.
"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.
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.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:35 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:03 PM
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.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:06 PM
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:25 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:31 PM
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?
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