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Bolshoi's Artistic Chief Returns To Moscow, Feels Fit To Work


Sergei Filin, artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, at a news conference in March at a university hospital in Aachen, Germany, where he was undergoing treatment from the January acid attack.

Sergei Filin, artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, at a news conference in March at a university hospital in Aachen, Germany, where he was undergoing treatment from the January acid attack.

The artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet says he feels fit to return to work, eight months after an acid attack nearly blinded him.

The 42-year-old Sergei Filin made the remarks to Russian media following his return to Moscow, after treatment in Germany that included 22 operations.

Bolshoi spokeswoman Katerina Novikova said Filin was scheduled to take part in the troupe’s reunion on September 17.

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She said the “extent he will be able to take part in the life of the troupe” will become clear in the “nearest future.”

Filin was attacked in January by an assailant who threw acid in his face.

Three people have been arrested for the assault -- the alleged perpetrator and two alleged accomplices, one of whom is Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko.

Based on reporting by dpa and ITAR-TASS
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