Tsiskaridze, a Georgian who frequently appears on television, has led a campaign against the current management, leading to his almost total exclusion from performances.
He was not answering calls to his mobile phone yesterday but told Moskovskii Komsomolets newspaper that he had nothing to do with the attack on Filin. He stopped short of condemning it.
The victim is the sixth director at the Bolshoi since Yuri Grigorovich left the company amid a cloud of controversy in 1995, and as noted by the Associated Press, inadvertently kicked off a tumultuous period in which dancers and directors often disagreed. Filin’s leadership in particular has reportedly been a sore point for those under him.
"Sergei Filin is receiving initial therapy. As a rule, sutures are removed on the sixth or seventh day but it is premature to speak about his eyesight," Mitichkin said.
Doctors view the condition of Filin as stable, his recovery from eye surgery is proceeding without complications, and his transportation to a Belgian clinic is not needed at the moment, Alexei Levchenko, an aide to Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, told Interfax on Saturday.