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Wed Nov 26 14:40:29 SAST 2014

Arrest in Bolshoi Ballet acid attack

Sapa | 06 March, 2013 01:00
Under arrest. File photo.
Image by: Mike Segar / Reuters

Moscow police have detained a man they suspect helped carry out the acid attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Officers also searched the home of a celebrated dancer in what appeared to be the first tangible progress in an investigation that has exposed a history of acrimony at the theatre, one of Russia's biggest tourist draw cards.

In mid-January, a masked assailant threw sulphuric acid in the face of 42-year-old Sergei Filin as he entered his apartment building through a dark parking lot.

Filin spent about two weeks in a Moscow hospital receiving treatment for burns to his face and undergoing a series of surgical procedures on his eyes.

He has been moved to Germany for further treatment that might take months. His sight was last reported to have partially recovered in one eye.

An unnamed law enforcement official told the Interfax news agency that the person detained by the police was not a member of the Bolshoi but a driver who allegedly helped the attacker escape the scene of the crime.

The LifeNews.ru website said police tracked the suspect by checking cellphone records from the area on the night of the attack.

But he said the suspected assailant had not been found.

The acid attack shocked the global artistic community and exposed the infighting among dancers of one of the world's top ballet companies.

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