An interesting article from Le Figaro (in French) speculating about who is responsible for Mr Iksanov’s dismissal:http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2013/07/ ... barque.php
It seems that the view from Paris is that either a female admirer of Tsiskaridze whose husband is an oligarch is responsible, or it is all down to the anger of Svetlana Zakharova.
I imagine the first theory can be discounted because if the wealthy fan in question wielded so much power Tsiskaridze would not have been let go in the first place. So could Zakharova be behind this? People forget that Zakharova engages in some very interesting extracurricular activities, as away from her day job she is an M.P in the United Russia party and according to this article actually sits on the Duma’s Arts Committee. Zakharova was to have danced as first cast in the Bolshoi’s first performance of Cranko’s Onegin, but was relegated to second cast to accommodate new management favourite Smirnova. Ms Z. was furious and removed herself from all performances. However Figaro seems to blame Reid Anderson and Dieter Graefe, for this casting decision, even harking back to the time when they prevented Sylvie Guillem from dancing the role, saying they “take some sort of perverse pleasure” when they “tumble the divas from their thrones” (undoubtedly true). The mention of Igor Zelensky as being involved in the plot is news to me and it is a shame that Le Figaro doesn’t enlarge on what his involvement is supposed to be.
Parisian arts panjandrum Hugues Gall weighs in with the opinion that the Bolshoi is ungovernable and although I have every sympathy with that view, I still feel it shouldn’t be. Perhaps the corruption that is now endemic in Russian society as a whole has taken root in the company to everyone’s detriment, just don’t expect the problems to be resolved anytime soon.