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Bolshoi dancer sentenced to six years for acid attack

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-03

Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for his role in an acid attack on the Bolshoi ballet's director Sergei Filin. Ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, who splashed the acid in Filin's face, was sentenced to 10 years.

A star dancer with the Bolshoi ballet was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday over an acid attack on the ballet's director that exposed vicious backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theatre.

The judge pronounced soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko guilty of making plans to attack Sergei Filin, who lost most of the sight in one eye and 20 percent in the other in the attack on Jan. 17.

Ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, who splashed the acid in Filin's face, was sentenced to 10 years; a driver, Andrei Lipatov, got four years.

The three were also ordered to pay 3.5 millions rubles (about $106,000) in damages to Filin.

Judge Yelena Maximova ruled that Dmitrichenko and two other men had made plans to hurt Filin a few months before the attack.

The dancer said during the trial that he had agreed to Zarutsky's offer to beat up Filin, but claimed that he had been unaware of his intention to use acid for the attack. He pleaded not guilty but admitted "moral responsibility'' because he spoke badly of Filin in front of Zarutsky.

As the judge announced the sentence, Dmitrichenko's mother covered her mouth. The dancer's father said they expected a less severe sentence.

Lawyers said they would appeal.

In his testimony, Filin called Dmitrichenko a volatile and threatening employee, but stopped short of accusing him of plotting the attack.

Dmitrichenko said he was shocked when he heard about the acid attack in the news and told Zarutsky they should surrender to the police. He testified that Zarutsky told him to keep silent and threatened to launch a similar attack on Dmitrichenko's ballerina girlfriend if he went to the police.

During the trial, Dmitrichenko claimed he was passed over for the best parts in the theatre.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

Date created : 2013-12-03

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