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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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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.

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