MOSCOW , July 2 (Itar-Tass) - The ex-top ballet dancer of Bolshoi Theater Nikolai Tsiskaridze did not turn up at Moscow city court on Tuesday which was to hold hearings into Tsiskaridze's lawsuit against the administration of Bolshoi theater. Therefore, the Moscow city court had to postpone hearings into the lawsuit until July 22.
The panel of Appeals several times summoned Tsiskaridze or his representative into the courtroom through the loudspeakers, but neither turned up. Contrary to the position assumed by the Bolshoi administration, the Moscow city court ruled to postpone the hearings and notify Tsiskaridze again.
Earlier, Nikolai Tsiskaridze had filed two lawsuits at the Moscow Tverskoi district court, asking the district court to revoke two reprimands the Bolshoi director administered to the ballet dancer who spoke in an interview with the mass media without the theater administration's consent.
On April 12 the judge of the Tverskoi district court, Yevgeny Komisarov, revoked a disciplinary reprimand imposed on the ballet dancer on February 5 for his interview to MK daily in which Tsiskaridze denied his involvement in a high-profile conspiracy against Bolshoi Chief choreographer Sergei Filin. But, an administrative punishment the theater administration imposed on Tsiskaridze on February 20 was left in force.
Nikolai Tsiskaridze said the district court's resolution was illegitimate. Both disciplinary reprimands were illegitimate, he said. Tsiskardze said he was interviewed after his work hours; he neither organized the interview nor circulated it.
On June 30 Nikolai Tsiskaridze left Bolshoi because his contract with the Bolshoi ballet had expired, but the Bolshoi administration refused to sign a new contract with the ballet star.