Sergei Filin: ‘I have forgiven my attackers’

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THE artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet said the attacker who splashed acid in his face was probably driven by ambition or resentment, but that he has forgiven them.

With his head shaved and a bandage around his neck, Sergei Filin told a Russian television station from his hospital room that he was determined to return to work despite his injuries.

Mr Filin, 42, suffered severe burns during the attack on his way home from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 18 January.

Doctors have performed two operations on each eye and hope to save his sight.

Mr Filin, who has three sons, said: “I am not going to lie. Of course it is very hard for me and very difficult. I tell myself every morning when I wake up, ­‘Sergei, you are healthy, everything is in its place – your arms, your legs’.”

He said he did not know who was behind the attack but made clear he believed that it was ­related to his work.