Sergei Polunin: Putin's job as ballet dancer on Instagram causes a stir in his native Ukraine

Sergei Polunin: Putin's job as ballet dancer on Instagram causes a stir in his native Ukraine

Sergei Polunin, the so-called "Bad Boy of Ballet", has sparked controversy with a series of contributions on the relationship between Russia and Ukraine.

The well-known Ukrainian performer, who shocked the dance world in 2012 with the departure of the Royal Ballet at the age of 21 – only two years after becoming his youngest dancer of all time – has since been working as a freelance principle in companies such as Sadlers Wells, the Bolshoi Theater and Teatro San Carlo.

His YouTube video of a dance to Hozier's "Take me to Church" became viral in 2015 and has received more than 25 million views to date. He appeared in Kenneth Branagh's movie Murder on the Orient Expressand alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the Russian spy thriller Red Sparrow. Last month he appeared in the video for "Movement" – the new single by Hozier.

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