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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.

Bolshoi Theatre chief fired amid acid attack scandal

Russia's culture ministry has fired the director general of the Bolshoi Theatre, which has been mired in scandal since there was an acid attack on its artistic director.

Anatoly Iksanov will be replaced by Vladimir Urin, head of another major ballet and opera theatre, minister Vladimir Medinsky said.

Anatoly Iksanov has been fired from his position of director general Russia's Bolshoi Theatre. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Mr Medinsky said Mr Iksanov would serve as his advisor.

Bolshoi boss dismisses 'nonsense' escort service claims

In 2003 Bolshoi bosses were criticised for trying to sack ballerina Anastasia Volochkova, right, for being too heavy. Credit: Reuters

The man in charge of Russia's famous Bolshoi theatre says claims dancers were used as part of an exclusive escort service are "nonsense".

On Sunday former ballerina Anastasia Volochkova accused the theatre of providing dancers as escorts for wealthy Russian businessmen.

But Bolshoi boss Anatoly Iksanov dismissed the allegations.

"What are you talking about? I have not applied to be Anastasia's (Volochkova) PR agent, so I don't plan to comment [on the claims]," he told a press conference.

"The fact that this is nonsense, well, it is nonsense," he said.


Russian ballet dancer formally charged over acid attack

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.

Ballet dancer paid around £1,000 for acid attack

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.

The Bolshoi Theatre's artistic director Sergei Filin is seen with his face covered in damages. Credit: REUTERS/REN TV

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.

Ballet dancer: ' I did not order harm' to director

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.

When I heard what happened to Sergei, I was just in shock. I could not believe that the man who proposed beating him up went ahead and did this thing with acid.

I did not order harm done to this man.

– Bolshoi Theatre ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko

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.

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