Latest News:  


Head of Russia's Bolshoi Theater sacked after scandals


18:32, July 09, 2013

MOSCOW, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Culture Ministry on Tuesday fired the head of the Bolshoi Theater following a series of scandals, including an acid attack against its artistic director in January.

Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said Anatoly Iksanov would be replaced by Vladimir Urin, head of Moscow's Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater.

Iksanov will be consequently employed as the Culture Minister's advisor, he added.

"I plan no revolutions in the Bolshoi. I expect the majority of its company will be the allies of mine in solving all the problems," Urin told reporters at a press conference.

Iksanov has been the director general of the Bolshoi Theater since September 2000. Prior to that, he worked as a deputy director of the federal Culture TV channel.

The top manager has left the post in a major reshuffle in the flag-carrying Russian theater.

Bolshoi troupe has been marred with long-lasting internal conflict between performers and management which erupted in January with an acid attack against theater's art director Sergei Filin.

Investigators believed the attack was masterminded by the theater's lead dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko.

Filin abstained from commenting on the reshuffle in the theater.

"He learnt the news and reacted calmly, although he was surprised," Interfax news agency quoted Tatyana Stukalova, Filin's lawyer, as saying.

Filin and Urin once worked together for three years in Moscow's Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko theater.

Filin has been in a German clinic since January where he undergoes eyes surgeries.

We Recommend:

U.S. presidents and their pets

Highlights of 50th Int'l Paris Air Show

Best photos of week (June 17 - June 23)

Venezuelan Army School boat visits Cuba

Afghan refugees at UNHCR registration center

Beauty contest held in Budapest, Hungary

Angelina Jolie visits refugee camp

'Super moon' hangs in the sky over Rotterdam

LA' Chinatown sets up statue of Bruce Lee


Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. China, Russia start naval drills

  2. Stage of actual-troop exercise

  3. Most tragic pics around world

  4. People mourn students in SF air crash

  5. Tour bus catches fire in Shanghai

  6. Keep the childlike innocence

  7. Top 20 most popular supermodels

  8. Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week kicks off in Brazil

  9. Born to lead: 2nd gen of Chinese tycoons

  10. China's inflation grows 2.7% in June

Most Popular


  1. Shanghai investor sentiment drops
  2. Graduates need more help to start business
  3. CPC is thriving
  4. S&ED serves as 1st major step to build Sino-US ties
  5. Law for elderly creates a legal conundrum
  6. Hospitals should be city's priority
  7. Job seekers should be cautious abroad
  8. Comment: Lessons from Egyptian irony
  9. Thinking small begins to yield results
  10. Need for structural reform seen growing

What’s happening in China

Severe rainstorms batter SW China quake-hit regions | Pedestrians fall into river after bridge collapses

  1. Severe floods affect 16,900 in SW China
  2. Infrastructure construction goes well in Sansha
  3. Paperback microblogger
  4. 1 held for polluting river with chemical wastes
  5. Women spot the mischief behind glass skywalk