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Bolshoi leader quits in porn scandal

Bolshoi leader quits in porn scandal

Whispers of dirty tricks, but Russia's flagship company now leaderless

Still reconstructing: The Bolshoi Theatre is due to reopen in October

The Bolshoi Ballet's company manager, Gennady Yanin, has resigned after pornographic pictures appeared on the internet that were linked to him, just as he was being considered to take on the job of artistic director, which became vacant that day. As a result the world's largest ballet company is now leaderless, with an inexperienced dancer appointed to hold the fort.  SEE LATEST NEWS: Sergei Filin appointed artistic director for five years

A site seemingly created to resemble the Bolshoi's appeared with pornographic material aimed at implicating Yanin

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The more I read about what happened to Yanin, the more it looks like a set-up to me. And poor Godovsky does not know whether he is coming or going - a scapegoat by any other name. It is my experience from the old communist bloc that dance and theatre politics never mix. Many tried and it ended in tears. Let Tsiskaridze and other fools rush in. In the old days you could not say no, or you would have been marked. Surely the one single change has been that you can, in fact, say 'no' nowadays.

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