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Russian authorities have formally charged Bolshoi Ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and two suspected accomplices in an acid attack on the Russian ballet's artistic director, Moscow police has said.
Dmitrichenko and the other two men have been charged with a crime that carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years, police spokesman Maxim Kolotsvetov said.
Bolshoi Ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is alleged to have paid an alleged accomplice 50,000 rubles (approx £1,000) to carry out the attack on artistic director Sergei Filin.
Mr Filin had acid thrown into his face as he walked home in central Moscow in January, he suffered disfigurement and was almost blinded.
Pavel Dmitrichenko told a court today that he "masterminded the crime, but not to the extent to which is happened".
He said he ordered for Mr Filin to be beaten up but was "shocked" when he heard about the acid attack.
Two other alleged participants have been detained after admitting their participation in the crime.
A dancer accused of organising an attack that nearly blinded the Russian Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director has admitted he told an alleged accomplice to beat him up but not to throw acid.
Dmitrichenko and two suspected accomplices were in court today for a hearing at which prosecutors requested they be held in custody over the attack on Sergei Filin.
A prosecutor said the state wants the dancer charged with a crime that is punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
A Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of plotting the acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe's artistic director, has pleaded not guilty to the severity of the assault, Russia Today reports.
Pavel Dmitrichenko told a court that he had agreed when his alleged accomplice accused of carrying out the Sergei Filin suggested hitting him the head.
However, he insisted that he did not tell him to throw acid in his face.
Yesterday, police revealed that Dmitrichenko had confessed to orchestrating the attack on Filin in January which left him with disfigured.
A Bolshoi Ballet dancer, accused of an organising attack on the troupe's artistic director has told a court he did not mean for him be splashed with acid, Reuters reports.
Pavel Dmitrichenko said he had agreed when his alleged accomplice accused of carrying out the Sergei Filin suggested hitting him the head, but did not tell him to throw acid in Filin's face.
Fillin was attacked while walking home in central Moscow in January.
A dancer has confessed to orchestrating an acid attack that left the director of Russia's Bolshoi ballet horribly disfigured.
He said he did it because his girlfriend wasn't being given leading roles.
Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy reports.
The Bolshoi Theatre has been at the heart of Russian high-culture since the early 19th century and is well-known for its off-stage drama and conflict.
The Ballet troupe has gone through five artistic directors since 1995.
The recent acid attack ranks as one of the theatre's worst incidents in its 237-year history.
- 1776: Bolshoi theatre company founded but performances initially in a private home
- 1825: New venue finally opens after repeatedly being hit by fires
- 1856: The theatre's first renovation completes in time for the coronation of Tsar Alexander II
- 1936: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin storms out of an opera by Dmitry Shostakovich
- 2003: Bolshoi bosses heavily criticised for trying to sack ballerina Anastasia Volochkova for being 'too heavy'
- 2005: The theatre, on the verge of collapse, closes for renovations following years of neglect
- 2011: After six years and a £464m renovation, the theatre reopens
- 2013: Dancer confesses to plotting an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe’s artistic director
Appearing haggard and unkempt, Pavel Dmitrichenko was shown in a police video confessing to plotting the attack, in which a masked man threw a jar of sulphuric acid in the face of artistic director Sergei Filin on January 17th.
"I organised this attack, but not to the extent that it happened," he said, apparently meaning he did not intend the attack to go so far.
Two other men who had no known connection to the Bolshoi also confessed in the video released by police.
Russia's Channel One state television reported that Pavel Dmitrichenko's girlfriend, also a Bolshoi dancer, was known to have been at odds with director Sergei Filin over the parts she was being given.
Other media said Dmitrichenko himself had missed out on several top roles at the theatre.
The 29-year-old from from Moscow has danced in the Bolshoi Theatre troupe since 2002 and was to dance in "Sleeping Beauty" this month.
He could now face jail and possibly the end of his dance career.