December 3rd , 2013 11:04 am Leave a comment

Bolshoi dancer found guilty in attack on its chief

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MOSCOW (AP) — A judge has found a Bolshoi dancer and two other men guilty of an acid attack on the ballet’s director.

The judge on Tuesday pronounced Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko guilty in the Jan. 17 attack on Sergei Filin. She said that Dmitrichenko and two other men had made plans to hurt Filin.

The judge didn’t spell out the role of each of man in the opening pages of the verdict.

The prosecutors asked for a nine-year sentence for Dmitrichenko, 10 years for ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, suspected of carrying out the attack, and six years for their driver, Andrei Lipatov.

The attack on Filin highlighted vicious backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theater. Filin lost most of the sight in one eye and 20 percent in the other.

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