Attacked Bolshoi ballet chief ‘regaining sight’

A top Russian doctor Monday said the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director would regain sight in at least one of his eyes following a brutal acid attack that his co-workers blamed on infighting at the great theatre.

"The trend is generally positive," the Moscow health service's chief eyesight specialist Larisa Mashetova said in televised remarks. "He is regaining sight faster in one eye, but I think that we are going to even things out for both. Still, the recovery process will take a lot of time," said Mashetova.

Forty-two-year old Filin — an acclaimed dancer who was appointed artistic director in 2011 — suffered third-degree burns to his face when a masked man attacked him in front of his house in central Moscow.

Preliminary findings released Sunday showed the assailant used sulphuric acid.

Several of the theatre's greatest dancers have since reported infighting at the Bolshoi and voiced fears that the attack may be linked to Filin's decision to award top roles to specific dancers. They said Filin himself had on occasion mentioned feeling like he was in a constant fight with some of his staff.

Moscow police have so far made no arrests while spending the weekend interviewing Bolshoi dancers and directors as part of their investigation.

Filin underwent emergency surgery last Friday and is scheduled for another procedure on his skin Tuesday.

Doctors said another operation on his eyes had tentatively been scheduled for Wednesday.

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