Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says what the U.S. is seeing is dwarfed by the massive flow of refugees into other countries, such as Italy.
The artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, 42-year-old Sergei Filin, may lose his eyesight, after a masked man threw acid in his face as he was leaving his apartment building in Moscow late Thursday.
Filin, a former Bolshoi star, became director of the famed Bolshoi Theater two years ago.
He immediately drew fire decisions he made, such as hiring American ballet star David Hallberg as a principal dancer, and giving Hallberg the starring role on the night the company’s theater re-opened after extensive renovations.
A Bolshoi spokesperson told Russian television, “We never imagined that a war for roles… could reach this level of crime.”