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Russia minister fires Bolshoi chief

The Russian culture ministry has fired the director general of the famed Bolshoi Theatre, which has been mired in scandal since an acid attack on its artistic director.

Anatoly Iksanov will be replaced by Vladimir Urin, head of another major ballet and opera theatre, minister Vladimir Medinsky said. Mr Medinsky said Mr 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.

Mr 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 one billion dollar (£668 million) reconstruction, ruining its repertoire and abusing dancers' rights.

Mr Iksanov dismissed the claims, saying Mr Tsiskaridze wants his job.

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