Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:39 AM
Whose investment? The school got her tuition, and the Bolshoi artistic management didn't cast her, and she's burned her bridges with the company. Her parents don't seem to have much sway: they couldn't talk her out of a sham marriage, which was like buying medicinal tonic from a turn-of-the-century magazine ad.
The teachers and coaches who invested their time in her and believed in her know how the system works: her accusations are ultimately meaningless -- there's nothing new in them, and they're not from anyone who is credible in Russia -- and if they were invested in her success, they knew how she could extricate herself without burning bridges.
As far as being intimidated by Filin's attorney, after saying that she wasn't going to talk about it anymore (to Izvetsia), she's spoken to the NYT, the LA Times, and to Elizabeth Kiem, as well as to a small public group in Virginia. To say, why care now, my career's ruined, that's a short-term, irrational reaction without a basis in reality: she already has another gig in Russia. There was nothing to stop her from saying, "it's all in the Izvetsia statement. No further comment." There's nothing she's said since that enhances her credibility.
As far as social media is concerned, there are effective means of self-promotion, which she used to bolster the "first" category, which isn't even factual, and there is attacking one's employer and reneging, which is a black mark in the social media world. The other thing about social media self-promotion is that performances had better back up claims. Self-promotion may get performers opportunities, but they don't do the singing, dancing, etc.
I think that's different than being the person quoted in the media, because no publicity is considered bad, and that could be catnip to a company that would get immediate press attention by hiring her.
She could have left the Bolshoi and gotten a job with another company, given her credentials, where all of her self-promotion in social media would have been swallowed up by the press, and she returned to the US, it would have been the "Coming home in triumph" story. Even if she had left to go to a smaller Russian company, where it would have hardly raised comment in the Bolshoi -- she's not that important -- it would have been a story to follow in LA, especially with supportive quotes from teachers/coaches who were pulling for her. There was nothing pushing her out of the Bolshoi while she looked for something else: she could have made her $500/mo and continued to be ignored while she worked her connections for another job.
She made herself vulnerable by speaking to the press in the first place: to say that she needed the press' attention to protect herself is a circular argument.
Credibility is th most important thing if she spoke to help other people. If every accusation she's made is true and the behavior is indemic in the theater, it helps no one when the person speaking is dismissed as not credible. It's been clear what a mockery they've made of Volochkova, and she isn't a 19-year-old from another culture. It bolsters the other side.