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Dancer guilty of acid attack on Bolshoi chief

Former Bolshoi Theatre dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko has been found guilty of taking part in an acid attack on the theatre's chief. Picture: Reuters

Former Bolshoi Theatre dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko has been found guilty of taking part in an acid attack on the theatre's chief. Picture: Reuters

A judge has found a Bolshoi dancer and two other men guilty of an acid attack on the ballet’s director.

The judge on Tuesday pronounced Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko guilty in the January 17 attack on Sergei Filin. She said that Dmitrichenko and two other men had made plans to hurt Filin.

The prosecutors asked for a nine-year sentence for Dmitrichenko, 10 years for ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, suspected of carrying out the attack, and six years for their driver, Andrei Lipatov.

The attack on Filin highlighted vicious backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theatre. Filin lost most of the sight in one eye and 20 percent in the other.

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