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Many ballet stars, including Anastasia Volochkova, have sided with Tsiskaridze. Alexei Ratmansky, the Bolshoi ballet’s artistic director from 2004 until 2008, has likened the atmosphere at the theater to “a disgusting cesspool” and said that the attack stems from “the lack of any ethics at the theater.”

Ratmansky is now an artist-in-residence at the American Ballet Theater in New York.

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Yelena Yegorova, Laura Mills and Lynn Berry contributed to this report.