Ex-Bolshoi Ballet dancer gets six years for acid attack
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:15
Dec. 3 - Former Bolshoi Ballet dancer gets six years in prison for carrying out an acid attack on the troupe's artistic director, causing him to nearly lose his sight. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Six years in prison.
That was the sentence handed down in Moscow on Tuesday to former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko.
He and two co-defendants were found guilty of an acid attack in January that nearly blinded the company's artistic director Sergei Filin, seen here leaving the hospital.
The dancer's lawyer said they're disappointed.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LAWYER FOR FORMER BOLSHOI BALLET DANCER, PAVEL DMITRICHENKO, SERGEI KADYROV, SAYING:
"We will appeal the verdict. We find it baseless, and obviously it doesn't correspond with the events that took place."
Dmitrichenko admitted he wanted Filin 'roughed up' but says he never agreed for his co-defendants who actually did the assault to use acid.
Filin's lawyer said his client was in Germany, preparing for one of dozens of surgeries he's undergone to save his eyesight.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) BOLSHOI BALLET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SERGEI FILIN'S LAWYER, NATALIA ZHIVOTKOVA, SAYING:
"He just asked the court to give him a prison sentence. And he said he doesn't forgive anyone. ..We will talk to him in the evening and we will ask him if he is satisfied with everything. And if no, we will appeal the verdict."
The assault revealed bitter rivalries behind the scenes of the famed Bolshoi - and damaged the reputation of one of Russia's best known cultural institutions.
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