8 February 2013, 17:43

Bolshoi director undergoes eye surgery in Germany

Bolshoi director undergoes eye surgery in Germany

The Bolshoi Theatre’s artistic director Sergei Filin, who recently suffered an acid attack, has successfully undergone an eye surgery in Germany, a source close to Russia’s Healthcare ministry said Friday. Filin was operated on by a Russian and a German eye-surgeons.

On January 17, a masked attacker splashed acid in Filin’s face outside his Moscow apartment as he went home.

Bolshoi director Sergei Filin leaves hospital (PHOTO)

Last Monday Filin was discharged from a hospital in Moscow where he also underwent a number of surgeries.

The same day he flew to Germany for a rehabilitation course.

Bolshoi Ballet director leaves hospital after acid attack 

The Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director, wearing dark glasses but saying he felt well, left a Moscow hospital on Monday to have treatment in Germany after an acid attack that damaged his eyes and face. 

Sergei Filin, 42, said before checking out of the hospital that he knew who was behind last month's attack and made clear he believed it was linked to his work at Russia's prestigious Bolshoi Theatre.

"I feel well, I'd even say great, if only my eyes could see a bit better. But I can say I feel well," he told reporters as he left, wearing a netted bandage across the lower part of his face.

Filin told Russian state television before leaving the hospital that he forgave his masked attacker, who splashed acid in his face outside his Moscow apartment as he went home on January 17.

When asked if he knew who had attacked him, he said in the television interview, "Every person has an organ called a heart, and my heart knows who did it, and in my soul I have an answer to that question."

Filin had been one of the most talked about figures in Russia as head of the ballet for nearly two years when he was attacked. He said the attack followed repeated threats and may have been motivated by rivalry or resentment.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, Reuters

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