Sunday 25 February 2018

Bolshoi soloist held over acid attack

Shaun Walker Moscow

Russian police arrested a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre over an acid attack that nearly blinded the ballet troupe's artistic director in January.

Police believe Pavel Dmitrichenko, pictured, who has danced at the theatre since 2002, may have ordered the attack on 42-year-old Sergei Filin.

Also arrested yesterday were the alleged assailant and driver of the getaway car.

Mr Filin is currently undergoing treatment in Germany to mitigate the consequences of the attack, which threw Russia's ballet world into chaos and severely damaged the reputation of one of the world's most famous theatres.

Mr Filin was apprehended by a hooded assailant wielding a vial of sulphuric acid outside his Moscow apartment.

After surgical intervention, Russian doctors were able to salvage his eyesight, and he is now receiving further treatment for his eyes and facial burns.

Mr Dmitrichenko is best known for his interpretation of Russia's bloody Tsar Ivan the Terrible in the ballet of the same name.

Irish Independent

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