A Russian Ballet Star Against the Ukrainian War Leaves the Bolshoi

Ms. Smirnova posted a lengthy post to the Russian messaging app Telegram this month, saying she opposes the war “with all the fibers of my soul”. She said one of her grandparents was Ukrainian, but she insisted that wasn’t the only reason for her opposition. “I never thought I would be ashamed of Russia,” she …

A Russian Ballet Star Against the Ukrainian War Leaves the Bolshoi

Ms. Smirnova posted a lengthy post to Telegram, the popular social media app in Russia, this month, saying she opposes the war “with all the fibers of my soul”. She said one of her grandparents was Ukrainian, but she insisted that wasn’t the only reason for her opposition. “I never thought I would be ashamed …

Russian Chief Pressing Putin Leaves Bolshoi and French Post

After facing intense pressure from President Vladimir V. Putin to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a prominent Russian conductor said on Sunday from his position in two orchestras in Moscow and the famous Bolshoi Theater in Toulouse, France. He then said he would resign. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev faced requests from French officials to clarify their …