Ballet Star Pavel Dmitrichenko Says Acid Attack was 'Mistake'

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Bolshoi ballet star Pavel Dmitrichenko said that the acid attack on the company's artistic director was “a mistake.”

Dmitrichenko is going to stand trial for ordering the January assault which almost blinded Sergei Filin. He has been denied bail.

A soloist who is known for dancing the roles of villains, Dmitrichenko has admitted to ordering an attack on Filin, but denied that he knew acid was going to be used. He said he had only expected the ballet director to be roughed up. When given the chance to apologize to Filin, the dancer flippantly asked: “For what?”

Dmitrichenko was arrested on Tuesday with two other men. It is not believed that they have any connection to the theater, reports The Independent. Yuri Zarutsky is accused of buying acid from a car shop and then boiling it to make it more concentrated. He also carried out the attack. The other accomplice, Andrei Lipatov, drove Zarutsky to where the crime took place. Both have admitted taking part in the attack.

“I told Yuri Zarutsky about the policies of the Bolshoi Theatre, about the bad things going on, the corruption,” Dmitrichenko said. “He said: 'OK, let me beat him up, knock him around a bit,' and I agreed, but that is all that I admit to doing.”

Dmitrichenko told Zarutsky what time Filin would be leaving the theater, but said he was shocked when he heard about the acid attack. Police say Dmitrichenko paid 50,000 roubles (about $1600) for Zarutsky to perpetrate the attack. He had been introduced to the convicted criminal as “someone who could solve any problem.”

There is widespread speculation that the attack was prompted by Filin's refusal to let Dmitrichenko’ girlfriend dance the lead role in Swan Lake. Anzhelina Vorontsova has not commented on the case.

Source: (The Independent)