Dancer jailed for acid attack

A Bolshoi ballet dancer has been jailed for six years by a Russian court over an acid attack on the group's artistic director.

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Bolshoi Ballet dancer sentenced to six years in prison

Pavel Dmitrichenko, the former lead dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, has been sentenced to six years in prison for his part in an acid attack on the ballet's artistic director.

Bolshoi Theatre dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko pictured in court in October. Credit: Reuters

Co-accused Yuri Zarutsky, who admitted to throwing acid in Filin's face, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Andrei Lipatov, who drove Zarutsky to the scene, was sentenced to four years.

Acid attack left ballet director almost blind in one eye

Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, lost most of the sight in one eye and 20 percent in the other when acid was thrown in his face in January this year as he made his way home from the theatre.

Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, before the acid attack, left, and in court last month. Credit: Reuters

Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, who admitted that he wanted the director "roughed up" has denied that he knew his co-defendant Yuri Zarutsky would use acid, and pleaded not guilty.

Zarutsky, who has admitted guilt, said that throwing acid in Filin's face was his own idea and he had not told Dmitrichenko of his plan. A third defendant, Andrei Lipatov, was accused of driving Zarutsky to and from the scene of the crime.

All three were found guilty in a Russian court this morning and are expected to be sentenced later day.


Bolshoi Ballet attacker faces up to nine years in jail

Disgraced Pavel Dmitrichenko faces a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty today in an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet last January.

Following a month-long trial, Judge Yelena Maximova said the 29-year-old and two co-defendants had intentionally caused grievous bodily harm to the victim, Sergei Filin.

State prosecutors have asked for a nine-year prison sentence for Dmitrichenko.

Sentencing is expected later today

Bolshoi Ballet dancer convicted over acid attack

Pavel Dmitrichenko, the ballet dancer accused of organising an attack that nearly blinded the Russian Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director, has been convicted of the crime by a Russian court.

Pavel Dmitrichenko appearing in court over the attack on the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director Credit: Reuters

Mr Dmitrichenko was convicted alongside two co-defendants,

The dancer had claimed that he told an alleged accomplice to beat up the director but not to throw acid.

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