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Guilty, guilty, guilty, says judge

3 DEC 13    The dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and his two co-defendants have been convicted of the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin. Judge Elena Maximova announced the guilty verdicts at 12 noon READ ON>

Trial day 12: Final statements before verdict

30 NOV 13    The Bolshoi acid trial is almost done: yesterday [Friday] all sides gave their final depositions and arguments, and at the end of it Judge Elena Maximova said she would give her verdict next Tuesday   READ ON>

Trial day 11: hitman Zarutsky testifies (it's grisly)

28 NOV 13    Finally the grisly evidence of Filin’s attacker has been properly reported in the Russian press. Most reporters focused yesterday on the personality/ Tsiskaridze circus while ignoring the grotesque deposition of Yuri Zarutsky   READ ON>

Trial day 11: stars defend Filin, attack Tsiskaridze

28 NOV 13    Nikolai Tsiskaridze’s character attack on Filin on Monday yesterday generated a furious response by Bolshoi dancers and coaches, who went to court yesterday   READ ON>  

Trial day 10: Dmitrichenko questioned, Tsiskaridze, Vorontsova testify

25  NOV 13    Today was the biggest day of the Bolshoi acid trial since the victim himself testified. His claimed attacker,  Dmitrichenko, was cross-examined, while what the press was interested in was the appearance of Nikolai Tsiskaridze   READ ON>  

Trial day 10: Pronin: Grigorovich 'protected' Dmitrichenko

27  NOV 13    While Monday’s court session was dominated by the Tsiskaridze circus, the appearance of former company manager Ruslan Pronin was barely noted. But he gave a penetrating inside view into the reason for the hostility READ ON>  

Bolshoi stars demand to rebut Filin accusations

26 NOV 13    Some of the Bolshoi’s most stellar names are said to be intending to ask the judge to let them challenge scathing personal comments made about artistic director Sergei Filin by Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Angelina Vorontsova and   READ ON>

Tsiskaridze: 'My dismissal is a disgrace'

11 JUN 13    The French paper Le Figaro has copped an exclusive interview today with sacked Bolshoi star Nikolai Tsiskaridze in which he insists that the Filin attack was a “theatrical spectacle”, that Filin is not injured, READ ON>

Bolshoi fires star Nikolai Tsiskaridze

8 JUN 13   So it has happened. The outspoken Bolshoi Ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze, by his own account the world’s greatest dancer, is being dismissed by the Bolshoi Theatre. READ ON>

Ballerina Pavlenko speaks out for poor corps

28 APR 13 A key issue claimed to be at the heart of the enmity between stricken Bolshoi Ballet director Sergei Filin and dancers, including his alleged attacker Pavel Dmitrichenko and his rival Nikolai Tsiskaridze, is a system of payments and favouritism READ ON>


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