About 20 supporters of Russian ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze held a demonstration in central Moscow demanding that the Bolshoi Theater reverse its decision not to extend its current contract with the dancer, and that Bolshoi general director Anatoly Iksanov be fired.

The demonstrators, who had gathered on a square near the Bolshoi, held banners that attacked the theater's management, claimed that the theater had lost its reputation and that Russian ballet was dead.

It has been the second demonstration in support of Tsiskaridze since the artist was notified on June 7 that his contract, which expires on June 30, would not be extended.

Tsiskaridze has repeatedly criticized the Bolshoi's top brass. The latter have furnished him with three official reprimands, one of which was overturned by a court.

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