(b Tashkent, 26 June 1963)
Russian-Uzbek dancer. He studied at the Leningrad (Vaganova) Ballet School under Gennady Selyutsky and in 1981 graduated into the Kirov Ballet where he rapidly became a soloist. A powerful but unusually fluid dancer with a flamboyantly arched line, he performed his first principal role in 1984 as Basil in Don Quixote, going on to create roles in new ballets as well as the role of Ali in Vinogradov's new production of Le Corsaire (1987). In 1990 he was a guest principal with American Ballet Theatre and between 2007 and 2009 was artistic director of the Mikhailovsky (formerly Maly) Ballet in St Petersburg. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Honoured Artist of Russia 2000.