If she hadn't valued morals, she would have been a prima 15 years before.
And I would have never heard of her. Judging by what you wrote about her, she's not only a great ballet dancer, but also a great human being and should be shown as a role model. She can be proud of herself.
but she didn't have sex with anyone who could bribe or influence
Having sex to get a promotion is pathetic. Very sad, pathetic and disgusting :(
I've got to say that I won't look at Russian ballet in the same way ever again...
Why would most people choose morals and opinions, etc., considering the bad effects?
For the good of their society and their country? For the good of their own mental health?
You can see by the example of Russian ballet what corruption is leading to. Corruption promotes mediocrity. It elevates not people who are the most talented, the most intelligent, the best in what they do, but those who will either have sex for a promotion, or will bribe someone or will be loyal to the ruling political party. If corruption, lack of integrity and moral decay is so ingrained into all aspects of the society, as it seems to be in the case of the Russian society, it holds back the development of the country immensely. As result the society is poorer not only financially, economically, but also intellectually, culturally, socially and morally.
It's just what life in Russia is.
Ah, судба! Nothing can be done! This Russian/Eastern European mentality is really getting on Polish nerves... *heavy sigh*
Russia is what you make it to be. As we say in Polish: "Jak sobie pościelesz, tak się wyśpisz."