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Bolshoi Acid Attack: Star's Home Searched
Russian police are searching the home of a star of the Bolshoi Ballet in connection with the acid attack on the company's artistic director.
Sergei Filin is currently being treated in Germany, where surgeons are attempting to save as much of his sight as possible after the attack in January almost blinded him.
Officers were in the apartment of soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, known for his roles as tsar Ivan the Terrible and Evil Villain in Swan Lake, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry announced separately on Tuesday that it had detained a suspect in the attack and was searching his home.
The LifeNews website, which has close links to the city's police, quoted a source as saying that the suspect had been seized during an early morning operation in Moscow's suburbs, and that searches were under way at several addresses in the Stupino area.
It said the suspect was arrested in connection with the sulphuric acid attack on Mr Filin and that investigations were ongoing to find out who had ordered it.
The source said the suspect had been traced through mobile phone records after a search of mobile activity close to Mr Filin's address around the time of the assault.
The 42-year-old artistic director was attacked on January 17 outside his Moscow apartment.
Speaking from his hospital bed shortly afterwards, he said he was sure the incident was linked to his work at the Bolshoi - one of the world's oldest ballet companies.
Last month, the ballet postponed its production of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring and in January, leading ballerina Svetlana Lunkina fled to Canada after receiving unconnected threats.
The case has focused attention on the bitter rivalries within the ballet world.
Colleagues have said the attack could be in retaliation for Mr Filin's selection of certain dancers over others for prized roles.
The Bolshoi has been plagued by intrigue and infighting that has led to the departure of several artistic directors over the past few years.
Katerina Novikova, a spokeswoman for the Bolshoi Theatre, said the management was not aware of a conflict between Mr Dmitrichenko and Mr Filin and had no information about the purpose of the search.
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