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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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Russian media speculate on dancer's grudge against director

Pavel Dmitrichenko performs as Ivan The Terrible at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 2012. Credit: Reuters

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.

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