Pavel Dmitrichenko has been found guilty of organising the malicious acid attack.
A verdict has been reached in the month-long trial that has seen the darker side of the Ballet world exposed to the world. Pavel Dmitrichenko and two others have been found guilty of orchestrating an acid attack on the Bolshoi creative director Sergei Filin that left their victim nearly blinded with third degree burns.
The Bolshoi Case Has Lifted The Lid On The Unslightly Underbelly Of Ballet.
It is nearly a year since the January 17th battery acid attack on Filin, who has spent most of that time in hospital undergoing treatment to save his sight. The attack is said to have been motivated by rivalry within the ballet company, particularly over the casting of Swan Lake when Dmitrichenko's girlfriend Anzhelina Vorontsova did not get the part she wanted.
Continue reading: Bolshoi Dancer Found Guilty Of Acid Attack, Two Others Convicted
Many believe he is innocent, but he stands trial nonetheless
Pavel Dmitrichenko, accused of throwing sulphuric acid over Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, is currently on trial for his supposed crime. The case has grabbed Russian headlines, dominating the news over in Eastern Europe.
The Bolshoi Ballet acid attack trial is in motion
"I do not admit that I am guilty," Dmitrichenko told journalists before the trial began.
Accused dancer is being used as a 'pawn' say fellow Bolshoi Ballet employees
Dancers at the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia have appealed to their President Vladimir Putin, to order a brand new inquest into the acid attack on their artistic director Sergei Filin.
One of their fellow artists, Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to being involved in the plot, but other members of the Bolshoi are convinced that he only confessed because of police pressure and fear that he may simply be a “pawn” in the case, Reuters reports.
In a letter addressed to Putin, the dancers stressed “The conclusions of the investigation appear to us hasty and the proof unconvincing, and the confessions of Pavel himself a result of harsh pressure he was put under” and added “We are asking for an honest and unbiased investigation into the tragedy that happened to Sergei Filin.” Both Filin himself and the management of the Bolshoi appear to be of the understanding that Dmitrichenko acted on someone else’s orders, in organizing the attack, during which a jar of acid was thrown in Filin’s face, outside of his apartment in Moscow.
Continue reading: Acid Attack Accused Was A "Pawn" Say Bolshoi Ballet Colleagues
Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet director victim to a heinous acid attack in downtown Moscow last week, says he believes the assault had something to do with his role in the prestigious ballet company. A mystery assailant wearing a mask threw sulphuric acid in Filin's face late on Thursday as he was getting out of his car near his home in the downtown area of the capital.
The 42-year-old suffered third-degree burns and extensive damage to his eyes, which were operated on, on Friday (January 18, 2013). Doctors say he will not lose his eyesight as initially feared but will require plastic surgery and several months of treatment. Filin has received multiple threats by phone before the attack and afterwards told the daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, "I associate what happened with my work. I have provoked an aggression in somebody. Sooner or later this aggression was to take the shape of concrete action." The director noted that the motive for the attack likely had to do with the way he assigns roles to dancers in his lauded Bolshoi productions. Competition for roles has always been intense, with performances often finding crushed glass in their shoes during Soviet Times. "But none of us had a desire to pour another person with sulfuric acid," he said. "I don't know who could have done it but I am sure there are such people. If this crime remains unsolved I don't even know what to believe in then." Could the attack have been commissioned by a disillusioned dancer?
The Bolshoi's star dancer Galina Stepanenko will be the ballet's artistic chief in Filin's absence. "She is valued and respected [by the company]," said the theatre's general director Anatoly Iksanov.