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Bolshoi star found guilty of organising acid attack
December 3, 2013, 12:28 pm

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Dmitrichenko (pictured) had admitted he wanted the director “roughed up” but had denied wanting acid thrown into his face [AP]

A star dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Moscow court for organising an acid attack on the ballet company’s artistic director.

The judge at the Meshchansky Court ruled that Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants were guilty of intentionally caused grievous bodily harm to Sergei Filin.

The two fellow defendants were jailed for 10 and four years.

The attack in January left Mr Filin with third-degree burns to his face and eyes.

Dmitrichenko had admitted he wanted the director “roughed up” but had denied wanting acid thrown into his face.

The court ruled that the other defendants in the trial – former convict Yuri Zarutsky, who carried out the attack, and driver Andrei Lipatov – only did the jobs that had been assigned to them by Dmitrichenko.

Dmitrichenko and Lipatov pleaded not guilty, while Zarutsky claimed he planned and carried out the attack on his own.

The trial has exposed the toxic rivalries at the theatre and further damaged its reputation.

Mr Filin has had more than 20 operations to try to save his eyesight since the attack on January 17 outside his flat in Moscow.

In July, the Bolshoi Theatre appointed Vladimir Urin as the new general director.

Source: Agencies

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