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October 24, 2021

Bolshoi ballerina moves to Canada over ‘threats’

A top ballerina from the Bolshoi Ballet has revealed she has moved to Canada amid claims of threats to her husband, the BBC reported. Leading soloist Svetlana Lunkina told a Russian newspaper she had taken leave until the end of the season. The news that she had left Russia comes in the wake of an acid attack on the company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, earlier this month. Lunkina alleged the unspecified threats arose from a film project involving her producer husband.  Vladislav Moskalyev was working on a movie about the legendary Russian ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya but is in dispute with his former business partner, who is reportedly suing him for £2.3 million. Lunkina, who has performed with the Bolshoi since 1997, told the Izvestia publication: “I think we need to react to these threats. These people have no right to interfere in our private lives or my professional work.

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