In the good old days, they would skip the coop while on tour – often in Paris or London.
Now the rising pair at Moscow’s Bolshoi, Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, have announced they are seeking asylum – in St Petersburg.
Apparently, good order at the Mikhailovsky is preferable to Bolshoi chaos.
Here’s the Pravda version. No defection is official til you’ve read it Pravda.
UPDATE: And here they explain why. Much better range of rep in St Pete, apparently.