Bolshoi dancer admits attack but denies planning acid

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Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko
Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko

A leading Bolshoi Theatre dancer admitted in court on Thursday that he ordered an assault on the famed Russian ballet troupe's artistic director but denied ever planning the use of acid to ruin his sight.

The Moscow district court ordered leading Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko remanded in custody until at least April 18 while the investigation proceeds.

It was later to make similar decisions on the two other suspects arrested in raids on Tuesday - the suspected perpetrator of the attack and the getaway driver.

Dmitrichenko on Wednesday confessed to planning the attack on the Bolshoi Ballet's chief Sergei Filin, 42, reportedly in revenge for his treatment of his dancer girlfriend.The acid attack left Filin battling to save his eyesight and prevent permanent facial disfigurement. He is now undergoing a long rehabilitation in Germany. Looking drawn and wearing a black coat, Dmitrichenko sat in a cage in the corner of the courtroom, nervously exchanging glances with his defence lawyer.

The defence had asked that he should be released on 500,000 rubles ($16,280) bail and said that he "de-facto" admitted his guilt while denying Dmitrichenko had wanted to cause such serious harm to Filin. "My client never had any intention of causing such harm to health, all the more in such a loathsome way like disfiguring the face or the loss of sight," said defence lawyer.AFP



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