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Dancer acid attack: Six years behind bars, acid strike cost director his sight

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A dancer acid attack has left the culprit found guilty and sentenced to six years behind bars this week in an attack against an artistc director that cost him most of his sight through the acid strike. Pavel Dmitrichenko, a Bolshoi dancer, was convicted this Tuesday for a contributing role in the assault against the ballet instructor following a long trial, the CS Monitor affirms this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

The dancer acid attack involving Pavel Dmitrichenko was examined in a recent trial that included several witness dancers who either supported Sergei Filin — the ballet director who lost a majority of his eyesight in the sudden strike — or back Dmitrichenko, claiming that the director was a man guilty himself of sponsoring cruel backstage quarreling.

In addition to the six years behind bars sentence for Dmitrichenko, ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky was also sentenced to a full 10 years in prison by Judge Yelena Maximova for actually splashing the corrosive acid into Filin’s eyes and face. They were also charged with paying roughly 3.5 million rubles (which translates to approximately $105,000) in fines and damages to Filin for the Bolshoi dancer acid attack.

The family’s reaction to the six year prison term was nothing less than devastation, adds the press release.

“It was Dmitrichenko's own mother who held her hand over her mouth as the sentence was officially pronounced. The dancer's father said following the trial that he had hoped for a lighter sentence. But the sentence was still shorter than the nine years ordered by the prosecutors.”

For his park, Pavel Dmitrichenko said that he ultimately accepted any "moral responsibility" for the vicious attack and subsequent punishment.

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