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  • 4 December 2013, 8:27

Bolshoi Ballet Acid Attack: Dancer Jailed

A Russian ballet dancer has been jailed for six years after being convicted over an acid attack on the Bolshoi Theatre's artistic director.

Sergei Filin suffered severe burns to his eyes and face when a man threw sulphuric acid at him as he returned home late at night.

He has undergone dozens of operations after he was nearly blinded in the assault in Moscow last January.

And in emotional testimony earlier in the month-long trial, he told the court he is still unable to see his children.

Judge Yelena Maximova said soloist dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, and two other men had intentionally caused grievous bodily harm to Mr Filin, and all three defendants were jailed.

Yuri Zarutsky, who admitted to throwing acid in Mr Filin's face, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Meanwhile, Andrei Lipatov, who drove Zarutsky to the scene, got four years behind bars.

The attack revealed bitter rivalries behind the scenes of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Dmitrichenko admitted he wanted Mr Filin roughed up and had given Zarutsky the go-ahead to hit him.

But Dmitrichenko said he had not wanted acid to be used, and pleaded not guilty.

Zarutsky said it was his own idea and he had not told Dmitrichenko of his plan.

However, Dmitrichenko had told Zarutsky on the night of the attack that Mr Filin was on his way home from the theatre, according to the judge.

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