The dancer acid attack that was masterminded by former soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, has resulted in a six-year prison sentence for the 29-year-old Russian man. On Tuesday, a Moscow court convicted Dmitrichenko, a lead dancer at the Bolshoi Theater, for ordering an acid attack in January that nearly blinded the theater's artistic director, Sergei Filin, in what some have called the worst scandal in the history of theater, writes NY Times.
The dancer acid attack has exposed the backstage conflicts that have plagued the famous Russian theater. The victim in this rather strange acid attack case was 43-year-old Sergei Filin.
At the conclusion of the trial, Judge Yelena Maksimova issued the following statement regarding the violent acid attack carried out by the famed dancer. "Dmitrichenko was unhappy with the way Filin allocated roles and bonuses to dancers, Dmitrichenko worked out a criminal plan."
Filin's testimony alleged that Dmitrichenko was a volatile employee who was angry that he and his ex-girlfriend, the up-and-coming soloist Anzhelina Vorontsova, had been passed over for top roles, AFP said.
Prosecutors asked for a longer sentence of nine years because they said the acid attack was premeditated and motivated by revenge because Filin refused to give the dancer key roles.
The artistic director, Sergei Filin, was almost blinded after acid was splashed in his face as he walked to his apartment.
The dancer pleaded not guilty to the attack, however, he admitted to doing what he says was a "moral responsibility." Dmitrichenko stated in court that he was unfairly passed over for the best parts in the theater.
"I didn't know about what was going to happen to you," Dmitrichenko told Filin during a court session in November. "I still don't relieve myself of moral responsibility."
Two others were also found guilty for their role in the acid attack. According to the report, Dmitrichenko didn't throw the acid himself, instead, he asked an ex-convict, Yury Zarutsky, to carry out the attack. Zarutsky received a 10-year sentence to a penal colony specifically for habitual offenders.
The third person to be convicted in the dancer acid attack was Andrei Lipatov. He was given a 4-year prison sentence for driving Zarutsky to Filin's apartment to commit the crime.
In addition to their prison sentences, the three were ordered to pay Filin a total of 3.5 million rubles (about $100,000) in moral and material damages.
Lyudmilla Dikovitskaya, a fan who had come to several hearings to show her support for the Dmitrichenko, gave the following statement regarding the dancer acid attack case.
“He has ended up in this situation because he is the best,” she said while wiping away tears.“His charisma, emotion. He had it all, and they want to put him away.”