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Dancer denies acid attack order

A Bolshoi Ballet dancer has appeared in court accused of plotting an acid attack that nearly blinded the Russian troupe's artistic director. Pavel Dmitrichenko denied telling an alleged accomplice to throw acid in Sergei Filin's face.

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Bolshoi Theatre's 237-year history

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

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