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Bolshoi's artistic director makes emotional return to after acid attack


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Bolshoi's artistic director makes emotional return to after acid attack

The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet has returned to work eight months after an acid attack that nearly blinded him.

Sergei Filin met the troupe at the famous Moscow theatre but it’s unclear what role he may play in the future.

He has had nearly two dozen operations and can not see out of one eye while his vision in the second is severely damaged.

Filin had the power to make or break careers at the Bolshoi, a world-renowned symbol of Russian culture, and the attack in January exposed the ballet’s bitter internal rivalries.

One of the Bolshoi’s top dancers, Pavel Dmitrichenko, is on trial on charges of ordering the attack. He and his two alleged accomplices face up to 12 years in jail if convicted.

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