The Bolshoi is as corrupt as business and politics in Russia. A few years ago I read a feature about the expectation that dancers, all the way from the lowliest in the troupe to the principal dancers, to "date" wealthy patrons some of whom were well-known crime figures in Moscow. If there's a culture of prostitution for their patrons, imagine how awful it must be in other ways.
That was the deal in Czarist Russia, too r11. Nicholas II's first beau was a dancer.
You mean this bitch, R12?
Матильда Феликсовна Кшесинская