Police to Use Lie Detector in Bolshoi Acid Attack Probe

Sergei Filin
Bolshoi Theater director Sergei Filini speaks with media in Moscow on April 7, 2011. Photographer: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Russian police will use a lie detector when questioning witnesses as they investigate an acid attack on the Bolshoi Theater’s artistic director, Sergei Filin.

Several people will undergo polygraph tests, a spokesman for the Moscow police said by phone today. Investigators spoke last week with the Bolshoi ballet’s principal dancer, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, as well as other employees of the theater and Filin’s relatives and acquaintances.

Filin, a former star dancer at the ballet company, was attacked with acid outside his home in the Russian capital on Jan. 17. His face and eyes were damaged during the assault that police and colleagues said may be linked to his work.

After several operations, doctors have managed to save Filin’s eyesight, the Interfax news service reported, citing the country’s chief ophthalmologist, Vladimir Neroyev. The Bolshoi artistic director can see well for a person who has undergone such a trauma, Neroyev said, according to Interfax.

Filin said in an interview with NTV television broadcast yesterday that he forgave whoever carried out the attack.

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