Bolshoi Star Guilty

December 3, 2013 by  

Bolshoi Star Guilty, Prosecutors had asked for a nine-year sentence for Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko over the attack on Sergei Filin last January. Dmitrichenko and two other men had plotted to hurt Mr Filin a few months earlier.

Ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, suspected of carrying out the attack, was jailed for10 years and their driver, Andrei Lipatov, for four.

Mr Filin lost most of the sight in one eye and 20% in the other.

In evidence he called Dmitrichenko a volatile and threatening employee who was always stirring up trouble, but stopped short of accusing him of plotting the attack.

During the trial, Dmitrichenko said that Zarutsky had approached him with an offer to beat up Mr Filin, and the dancer agreed. He said he was shocked when he heard about the acid attack in the news and told Zarutsky they should surrender to the police.

Judge Yelena Maximova accepted that Dmitrichenko was unaware of the plan to use acid, which may have been reflected in the softer sentence.

The dancer pleaded not guilty but has admitted “moral responsibility” because he spoke badly of Mr Filin in front of Zarutsky. Dmitrichenko had claimed he was passed over for the best parts in the theatre .

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