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Bolshoi Director to Undergo More Surgeries

Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin will undergo two more surgeries after an unknown attacker splashed his face with sulfuric acid last week, doctors said Monday.

On Tuesday, Filin will have some areas of skin replaced. They were severely damaged in the attack. On Wednesday, he will undergo a second eye surgery, doctors said, Interfax reported.

But Filin's eyesight will not return completely for at least six months, a theater spokeswoman told Komsomolskaya Pravda on Friday. The theater's supervisory board will send Filin for rehabilitation to a foreign clinic, probably in Germany or Israel, she said.

Filin, 42, said he was certain that the attack was linked to his work, and police have tentatively agreed.

(MT)

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