An interview with Nikolai Tsiskaridze by Judith Mackrell in The Guardian.
Despite the terrible pictures that have come out of the German clinic where Filin is being operated on, Tsiskaridze also believes the attack was nowhere near as serious as it has been represented. "I'm just asking for proof," he says. "Normally a person who has had an acid attack has burnt hands, has no eyelashes or eyebrows, and they can't use their voice." But isn't Filin said to be on his 18th operation, having lost 95% of his sight? "Look at women who've had chemical peels. How can those statements come from the doctors? It would be against their oath."