Who Threw Acid In The Face Of Bolshoi Ballet Director Sergei Filin?

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.


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Bolshoi Dancer Found Guilty Of Acid Attack, Two Others Convicted 3979075 News

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.

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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.

Dmitrichenko then arranged for an ex-convict, Yury Zarutsky, to carry out an attack on Filin with Andrei Lipatov as driver. Though Dmitrichenko has admitted arranging the attack, he has maintained that he did not instruct Zarutsky to use the car battery acid and rather indicated that he should "beat up" Filin, according to The Guardian.

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In his own testimony, Mr. Zarutsky, said that he had chosen to use acid on his own initiative. Zarutsky has admitted guilt and has said that throwing acid in Filin's face was his own idea and he had not told Dmitrichenko what he intended to do. Lipatov, was accused of assisting by driving Zarutsky to and from the scene of the crime

The Russian judge has said today that Dmitrichenko and the two co-defendants had intentionally caused grievous bodily harm to Sergei Filin. All three are expected to be sentenced later in the day, reports The Guardian.

Though the trial has heard many testimonies from Bolshoi dancers who have revealed the unsavoury nature of ballet rivalry, many of Dmitrichenko's fellow dancers have signed a letter asking the judge for leniency for Dmitrichenko.

Prosecutors have demanded that Dmitrichenko should receive nine years of imprisonment in a labor camp for his alleged role in the attack and have also requested a 10-year sentence for Zarutsky and six years for Lipatov, according to the AP.

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.

Ballet
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.

Dmitrichenko then arranged for an ex-convict, Yury Zarutsky, to carry out an attack on Filin with Andrei Lipatov as driver. Though Dmitrichenko has admitted arranging the attack, he has maintained that he did not instruct Zarutsky to use the car battery acid and rather indicated that he should "beat up" Filin, according to The Guardian.

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In his own testimony, Mr. Zarutsky, said that he had chosen to use acid on his own initiative. Zarutsky has admitted guilt and has said that throwing acid in Filin's face was his own idea and he had not told Dmitrichenko what he intended to do. Lipatov, was accused of assisting by driving Zarutsky to and from the scene of the crime

The Russian judge has said today that Dmitrichenko and the two co-defendants had intentionally caused grievous bodily harm to Sergei Filin. All three are expected to be sentenced later in the day, reports The Guardian.

Though the trial has heard many testimonies from Bolshoi dancers who have revealed the unsavoury nature of ballet rivalry, many of Dmitrichenko's fellow dancers have signed a letter asking the judge for leniency for Dmitrichenko.

Prosecutors have demanded that Dmitrichenko should receive nine years of imprisonment in a labor camp for his alleged role in the attack and have also requested a 10-year sentence for Zarutsky and six years for Lipatov, according to the AP.

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Pavel Dmitrichenko Trial over Bolshoi Acid Attack in Progress, Now Adjourned 3917731 News

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.

BalletThe Bolshoi Ballet acid attack trial is in motion

"I do not admit that I am guilty," Dmitrichenko told journalists before the trial began.

Dmitrichenko denies arranging the attack, which brought the infighting and competitive nature of the Bolshoi Company. The acid was thrown at Sergei Filin outside his Moscow flat in January, badly damaging his eyesight. He has had more than 20 operations to try to save his vision.

The day before the trial, lawyer Sergei Kadyrov said: "Dmitrichenko does not consider himself guilty of causing grave harm to Filin's health." I hope the court will be able to distance itself from the public resonance of this case and deliver a well-grounded and just verdict." (The BBC)

Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s reporter at the scene, described just how chaotic proceedings were. “This was one of the most chaotic court hearings I have attended in Russia. The tiny courtroom was so full of cameras there was no room to bring in the defendants,” he explained.

“Eventually the room was cleared and the trial got under way. I was among a group of journalists allowed to sit in during proceedings. Ten minutes later, though, a court official ordered us out. A security guard tried to pull me towards the door.”

Three hundred members of the Bolshoi Ballet have written to President Vladimir Putin, saying that the idea that Mr Dmitrichenko was behind the crime was "absurd".

BalletThe beauty of ballet juxtaposed by the horrific attack

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.

BalletThe Bolshoi Ballet acid attack trial is in motion

"I do not admit that I am guilty," Dmitrichenko told journalists before the trial began.

Dmitrichenko denies arranging the attack, which brought the infighting and competitive nature of the Bolshoi Company. The acid was thrown at Sergei Filin outside his Moscow flat in January, badly damaging his eyesight. He has had more than 20 operations to try to save his vision.

The day before the trial, lawyer Sergei Kadyrov said: "Dmitrichenko does not consider himself guilty of causing grave harm to Filin's health." I hope the court will be able to distance itself from the public resonance of this case and deliver a well-grounded and just verdict." (The BBC)

Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s reporter at the scene, described just how chaotic proceedings were. “This was one of the most chaotic court hearings I have attended in Russia. The tiny courtroom was so full of cameras there was no room to bring in the defendants,” he explained.

“Eventually the room was cleared and the trial got under way. I was among a group of journalists allowed to sit in during proceedings. Ten minutes later, though, a court official ordered us out. A security guard tried to pull me towards the door.”

Three hundred members of the Bolshoi Ballet have written to President Vladimir Putin, saying that the idea that Mr Dmitrichenko was behind the crime was "absurd".

BalletThe beauty of ballet juxtaposed by the horrific attack

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Acid Attack Accused Was A "Pawn" Say Bolshoi Ballet Colleagues 3551195 News

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.

The Moscow police have declined to comment on the matter. Dmitrichenko’s lawyer has said that he is willing to accept a plea bargain but is not prepared to accept full responsibility for the crime. The long-term manager of the ballet, Anatoly Iksanov is quoted as saying “There are an entire series of facts that suggest that someone else may have ordered the attack, maybe someone from outside of the theatre, and investigators should look into that.”

BalletThe Bolshoi Ballet Acid Attack Story Is Rumbling On

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.

The Moscow police have declined to comment on the matter. Dmitrichenko’s lawyer has said that he is willing to accept a plea bargain but is not prepared to accept full responsibility for the crime. The long-term manager of the ballet, Anatoly Iksanov is quoted as saying “There are an entire series of facts that suggest that someone else may have ordered the attack, maybe someone from outside of the theatre, and investigators should look into that.”

BalletThe Bolshoi Ballet Acid Attack Story Is Rumbling On

12th March 2013 593177
Who Threw Acid In The Face Of Bolshoi Ballet Director Sergei Filin? 3463177 News

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.

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.

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