Russia police to use lie detector in Bolshoi attack probe

Updated 29 January 2013
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Russia police to use lie detector in Bolshoi attack probe

MOSCOW: Russian police said Monday they planned to use a lie detector to question witnesses about the vicious acid attack against the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet. “Investigators... plan to question several witnesses in the case of the attack on Sergei Filin with a lie detector,” a spokesman with the Moscow police told Russian news agencies.
Last week police questioned Bolshoi’s star dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze as a witness over the January 17 attack by an unknown assailant who fled after throwing acid into Filin’s face and eyes. The violent incident came after months of squabbling inside what is arguably the world’s best known ballet troupe. A former star dancer himself, 42-year-old Filin is currently in hospital in Moscow and has undergone several operations to save his eyesight and repair the disfigurement he suffered.
Doctors said on Monday his latest eye surgery went well and some vision has returned, but more treatment was necessary. “Today he has eyesight. I won’t say how much, but he sees relatively well after such a (grave) injury,” Russia’s head ophthalmologist Vladimir Neroyev told Interfax news agency. The attack on Filin, who has served as artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet since 2011, has horrified the troupe and cast an international spotlight on the sometimes scandalous rivalries within the 237-year-old institution.
Bolshoi’s management has linked the attack to internal divisions within the company, while other observers, including Filin’s predecessor Alexei Ratmansky, blamed the Bolshoi’s lack of “theater ethics” and unresolved money-related issues such as ticket scalping.


WWE stars soften up to children

Updated 10 min 44 sec ago
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WWE stars soften up to children

JEDDAH: The children of Al-Oula — a non-profit organization targeted to break the cycle of poverty — had the most thrilling school trip as they came to see World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars Mojo Rawley and Mark Henry in King Abdullah Stadium on Tuesday.

The stars sat down in front of 30 students from the institution and softened up as they shared stories from their childhood and introduced their anti-bullying campaign “Be a Star.”

The stars shared personal stories and the difficulties they have faced.

Dean Muhtadi, 31, better known by his ring name Mojo Rawley, told the children: “We are different in many ways but sometimes you have to focus on the similarities and positive aspects of others.”

Mark Henry, 46, opened up about his past: “When I was young, people would call me names and were mean to me, so I decided to become the strongest person in the world.

“I won three world championships in three different world countries that had nothing to do with each other and I am very proud of myself for not letting the mean comments get to my head.” 

Henry was world heavyweight champion, and is also a two-time Olympian and a gold medalist at the Pan American Games.

Later, the children had the chance to talk directly with the stars. Rawley is originally Palestinian, so he spoke in Arabic with some of the children.

Henry told one of the students: “If someone is troubling you, don’t give them the satisfaction of letting the comments or actions affect you, and immediately tell your teacher or your parents or any adult, and they will help you through your problems.” 

Mark Henry

The children then took pictures and were given tickets to the WWE Royal Rumble show on Friday.

“Jeddah is a very family-friendly and a culture-loving city, so I love being here,” Henry told Arab News. “The only difference is the language. Apart from that everyone is very nice and warm.” 

On the Royal Rumble, he said: “Get ready for the best entertainment you have ever seen with your own eyes.”

“For someone who comes from an Arab background, this is a historic achievement and it will be remembered for ever,” Rawley said in an interview with Arab News.

“When I first found out that we agreed to a ten-year partnership, it was the coolest thing to find out.

“I am very fortunate to be a part of this long-term partnership which will give the citizens a long time to understand and give us enough time to develop our brand here in Saudi Arabia.

“Last year, the show in Riyadh was a small, non-televised show, but it was one of the coolest experiences of my life, so I am very excited to perform in this grand-scale show. It’s going to be an amazing show. It will rival Wrestle Mania, which is the biggest event of the year.”

Jana Marwan, a nine-year-old student, said: “Everyone told us that the wrestlers were scary but they weren’t. In fact, they were very friendly. They taught us how to look out for ourselves and I had so much fun. I am thankful to them.”