British dancer Oscar Frame, one of the few foreigners ever to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, has been released on bail after he was reportedly detained in Moscow with cocaine.
A spokeswoman for the Bolshoi confirmed that Mr Frame, 21, had been detained but said she was under orders not to comment.
A source with ties to law enforcement, however, told The Telegraph that he had been found with 0.91 grams of cocaine and released on bail under the condition he not leave Moscow.
A case against the rising star could be a blow to the image of the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre, an important symbol of Russian national pride.
Possession of more than half a gram of a narcotic substance can be punishable by up to three years in prison. Police did not respond to requests for comment, and it was not clear if charges have been brought.
The REN TV channel reported that Mr Frame came under scrutiny on Monday when he suddenly changed direction at the sight of police on the street.
Officers stopped him and asked if he had drugs, whereupon he admitted he was carrying cocaine, the channel said. Police reportedly found a wrapper containing powder that was sent for analysis.