Dancer Denies Ordering Bolshoi Attack

The ballet dancer alleged to have ordered the acid attack on the director of Russia’s Bolshoi Theater has denied his guilt but not his involvement in the plot.

Pavel Dmitrichenko said in a Moscow district court that Yuri Zarutsky, an alleged accomplice in the case, proposed an attack on director Sergei Filin and that Dmitrichenko agreed.

Dmitrichenko said he never intended for any physical harm to be done to Filin.

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 attack.

Filin had acid thrown in his face in mid-January and is battling to save his eyesight.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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