MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian culture ministry has fired the director general of the famed Bolshoi Theater that has been mired in scandal since an acid attack on its artistic director.
Minister Vladimir Medinsky said Tuesday that Anatoly Iksanov would be replaced by Vladimir Urin, head of another major ballet and opera theater. Medinsky said Iksanov would serve as his adviser.
The Bolshoi has been shrouded in scandal since an assailant threw acid into the face of Sergei Filin in January.
Iksanov has been at loggerheads with many of the troupe's famous dancers including Nikolai Tsiskaridze. The principal dancer accused him of mismanaging the Bolshoi's $1 billion reconstruction, ruining its repertoire and abusing dancers' rights. Iksanov dismissed the claims, saying Tsiskaridze wants his job.