Bolshoi ballet dancer admits acid attack on director
His best roles on the Bolshoi stage have been villains. Even so, there was shock yesterday when star dancer Pavel Dmit-richenko, left, admitted to the real-life episode of villainy that has thrown Russia's ballet world into chaos.
The 28-year-old soloist, who has danced at Russia's most famous theatre for over a decade, was arrested on Tuesday and yesterday confessed that he had planned the acid attack on 42-year-old Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi's artistic director.
No motive has been made public but there is speculation that Mr Dmitrichenko was engaged in a dispute with Mr Filin over the fate of his girlfriend, Anzhelika Vorontsova, also a soloist at the Bolshoi.
Police released brief footage of Mr Dmitrichenko confessing. The dancer said that he did organise the attack, though "not in the way that it turned out". He refused to give his reasons, but said he had stated them in his written confession.
Mr Filin was attacked outside his Moscow apartment in mid-January, and is undergoing treatment in a German hospital for his eyesight and facial burns.
Police were put on to Mr Dmitrichenko as a possible lead after analysing mobile phone records. They have arrested two other men over the attack, including the alleged assailant, Yury Zarutsky, and a man accused of driving a getaway vehicle, Dmitry Lipatov.
All three remain in custody and will appear in court today for a bail hearing.