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Bolshoi Theater Director Contends Acid Attack's Mastermind Yet To Be Found

In this photo made Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 and made availble by Bolshoi Theater Bolshoi ballet dancers Anzhelina Vorontsova a
In this photo made Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 and made availble by Bolshoi Theater Bolshoi ballet dancers Anzhelina Vorontsova and Nikolai Tsiskaridze perform in the ballet Paquita in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. Anzhelina Vorontsova, a Bolshoi soloist, is Pavel Dmitrichenko's girlfriend. Dmitrichenko, a Russian ballet star who most recently played the title role in "Ivan the Terrible" at the famed Bolshoi Theater has confessed that he organized the acid attack on the theater's ballet chief, Sergei Filin, Moscow police said Wednesday March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Bolshoi Theater, Damir Yusupov)

The web of intrigue around Russia's Bolshoi Theater continued to grow over the weekend after Anatoly Iksanov, the theater's general director, told Russian television that he doesn't believe that the mastermind behind the January acid attack on Sergei Filin, the ballet company's artistic director, has been found.

"He was pushed -- the entire collective is certain of this," Mr. Iksanov told "Vesti Nedeli," a weekly current affairs program broadcast on Sunday night, of Pavel Dmitrichenko, the Bolshoi Ballet soloist who was arrested last week on charges of ordering the attack on Mr. Filin. "That's why he's not the actual instigator that he's being made out to be. He is one of the perpetrators. There is a mastermind, and the investigation must find this person."

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