Court Orders Bolshoi Dancer Detained For Attack

A Russian court has ordered a dancer for the Bolshoi Theater remanded into custody for his alleged role in an attack on the theater’s artistic director.

Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko admitted to Moscow’s Tagansky Court on March 7 that he wanted the attack against director Sergei Filin but said he did not want acid thrown in Filin’s face.

Dmitrichenko also admitted that he worked with assailant Yuri Zarutsky to plan the attack, insisting that he never intended for Filin to be physically harmed.

Police say Dmitrichenko was upset that Filin would not give Dmitrichenko’s girlfriend any leading roles in theater performances.

Dimtrichenko, Zarutsky, and a third man – Andrei Lipatov – stand accused of the January attack.

Filin underwent eye surgery in Germany on March 7.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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