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Bolshoi ballet dancer gets six years for acid attack on director

Ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky,who splashed the acid in Filin’s face,was sentenced to 10 years.

Written by Associated Press | Moscow |
December 4, 2013 12:49:40 am

A Bolshoi star dancer was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday over an acid attack on the ballet’s director that exposed vicious backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theater.

The judge pronounced Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko guilty of making plans to attack Sergei Filin,who lost most of the sight in one eye and 20 percent in the other in the attack on Jan. 17.

Ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky,who splashed the acid in Filin’s face,was sentenced to 10 years; a driver,Andrei Lipatov,got four years.

The three were also ordered to pay 3.5 millions rubles (about $106,000) in damages to Filin.

Judge Yelena Maximova ruled that Dmitrichenko and two other men had made plans to hurt Filin a few months before the attack.

The dancer said during the trial that he had agreed to Zarutsky’s offer to beat up Filin,but claimed he had been unaware of his intention to use acid for the attack. He pleaded not guilty but admitted “moral responsibility” because he spoke badly of Filin in front of Zarutsky. Dmitrichenko said he was shocked when he heard about the acid attack in the news and told Zarutsky they should surrender.

In his testimony,Filin called Dmitrichenko a volatile and threatening employee who was always stirring up trouble,but stopped short of accusing him of plotting the attack.

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