Bolshoi director determined to heal

The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet has said he is determined to return to his old life after recovering from an acid attack that badly damaged his eyes, and his German doctor said this should be possible.

A masked assailant splashed acid in the face of Sergei Filin as he returned home from the Bolshoi on 17 January.

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Police have charged a dancer at the world-renowned theatre, Pavel Dmitrichenko, along with two alleged accomplices.

“I have plenty of strength and I have the confidence and desire to get back what was wrongly taken from me,” said Mr Filin, 42, in Aachen, Germany, were he is being treated.

“I will do everything, and the doctors will do everything possible, too, so I think together we will get great results.”