Russian prima ballerina Olga Smirnova, a critic of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has quit the Bolshoi and will join the Dutch National Ballet, the Dutch organization said on Wednesday.
"It is a privilege to have her dance with our company in the Netherlands - even if the circumstances that drove this move are incredibly sad," said Dutch National Ballet Director Ted Brandsen in a statement.
Smirnova, 30, left Russia in March. In a statement on her Telegram account republished by the Dutch dance troupe she said she was "against war with all the fibers of my soul."
"I never thought I would be ashamed of Russia, I have always been proud of talented Russian people, of our cultural and athletic achievements," she wrote. "But now I feel that a line has been drawn."
Smirnova is now physically in the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the ballet confirmed.