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Bolshoi Acid Attack: Dancer Faces Court
A ballet star at the Bolshoi Theatre is facing a Moscow court after police said he had confessed to being the mastermind of an attack on the theatre's ballet chief.
Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet, suffered severe burns to his eyes and face on January 17 when an attacker threw sulphuric acid in his face as Mr Filin returned home late at night.
The 42-year-old former dancer is undergoing treatment in Germany.
Along with dancer†Pavel†Dmitrichenko, police have also detained another man who confessed to perpetrating the attack.
Dmitrichenko has danced several major parts in recent years, including Ivan the Terrible in the ballet of the same name.
On Tuesday, Russia's interior ministry confirmed that they had arrested Dmitrichenko and two other men, named as driver Andrei Lipatov and 35-year-old Yury Zarutsky.
Last month, the ballet postponed its production of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring and in January, leading ballerina Svetlana Lunkina fled to Canada after receiving unconnected threats.
The case has focused attention on the bitter rivalries within the ballet world.
The Bolshoi has been plagued by intrigue and infighting that has led to the departure of several artistic directors over the past few years.