Russian ballet star ‘followed conscience’ to leave Bolshoi | AFP

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Russian ballet star 'followed conscience' to leave Bolshoi | AFP

Russian prima ballerina Olga Smirnova starts a new life at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam after leaving Russia to protest its invasion of Ukraine. Although Smirnova still regards the Moscow-based Bolshoi as one of the best dance companies in the world, she says her "conscience compelled her to leave the country."

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