Mariinsky Theatre ballerina run over by streetracers to be buried by distant relatives

Mariinsky Theatre ballerina run over by streetracers to be buried by distant relatives
Olga Iskanderova

A mourning ceremony for the Theatre’s oldest teacher will be held in St. Petersburg on July 16.

A ballet dancer and teacher of the Mariinsky Theatre, Olga Iskanderova, killed by streetracers in the center of St. Petersburg, will be cremated and buried by her distant relatives. They have contacted the investigation, and may be recognized as victims in the criminal case. No one had claimed the dancer’s body for a long time. The woman lived alone and did not have close relatives. According to the Mariinsky Theatre official website, a farewell to the ballet dancer will be held in the Central Hall of the crematorium at 12, Shafirovsky Avenue tomorrow July 16, at 12.10.

To recall, June 18, Olga Iskanderova was run over by a streetracer on Nevsky Avenue. According to preliminary data, the 74-year-old woman was crossing the road while the alleged perpetrator of the accident was having a street race with his friend. The accident was captured on dashboard camera. It shows two speeders discussing the details of the race and then going off; after a few seconds, one of the drivers runs over the woman. The performer died on the spot. The 28-year-old streetracer has been detained and is currently under investigation.

Olga Iskanderova graduated from the Vaganova Academic School, used to dance at the Leningrad Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater, teach at the Academy of Russian Ballet, and was an honored ballerina of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Simultaneously, she taught at the ballet schools in Canada, Japan, Korea, and the USA. For the last 20 years, Iskanderova worked as a teacher at the Mariinsky Theater.

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