Russian Ballet Director May Lose Sight

    This picture taken on April 7, 2011 shows artistic director of the Bolshoi theatre Sergei Filini speaking with media at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. Filin was hospitalised with severe burns after an assailant threw acid on his face, police said on January 18, 2013. Filin, who is a former acclaimed dancer and was appointed to his post in 2011, suffered injuries to the face, head and eyes late when the attacker cornered him near a residential house in central Moscow, police told Russian news agencies. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV        (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sergei Filini in April 2011. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty)

    Whoever attacked Sergei Filin may get what was intended, as the artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet may never see again. Doctors are working to save the 43-year-old’s sight from the concentrated acid that was thrown into his face as he returned home late Thursday night. A Bolshoi spokeswoman told Russia’s state-run news agency that it could take at least six months for Filin to recover from third-degree burns. Filin had apparently taken the prestigious ballet company’s key role after months of “fierce rivalry” for the position during which he’d received threatening phone calls, his tires were slashed, and someone tried to hack his Facebook page.

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