MOSCOW: Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in a high-security prison on Tuesday for ordering an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and tarnished the reputation of the renowned theater.
A judge announced the sentence after convicting Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants of the attack on Sergei Filin last January, which exposed poisonous rivalries over roles, money and power at one of Russia’s most prominent cultural institutions.
Yuri Zarutsky, who admitted to being the masked attacker who threw acid in Filin’s face in January, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Andrei Lipatov, who drove Zarutsky to the scene, was sentenced to four years.
Judge Yelena Maximova said Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants had intentionally caused grievous bodily harm.
“Their guilt in committing the crime has been established in full,” she said.