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Court rules Dmitrichenko guilty of masterminding assault on Bolshoi ballet choreographer

December 03, 2013, 13:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
At least 100 journalists, relatives of the defendants and members of the Bolshoi theatre company watched the trial
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MOSCOW, December 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Principal dancer of the Bolshoi ballet Pavel Dmitrichenko has been found guilty of masterminding an assault on chief ballet choreographer Sergei Filin.

All six defendants on trial were convicted at Meshchansky court, judge Yelena Maximova announcing that "Dmitrichenko resented both Filin's conduct when appointing ballet dancers to dance ballet parts and the way Filin distributed bonuses among the dancers. Dmitrichenko masterminded a criminal plan," she said.

The court called the attack a conspiracy. Dmitrichenko's accomplice, named Zarutsky, was assigned to physically carry out the assault while another defendant, named Lipatov, was to drive Zarutsky to the scene of the crime and be the lookout.

"It will take around five hours to read out the verdict," a court official said before the judge returned to the hearing.

At least 100 journalists, relatives of the defendants and members of the Bolshoi theatre company watched the trial. Filin was not in the courtroom, undergoing treatment in Germany.

The choreographer was attacked near his apartment building at Troitskaya street in Moscow on January 17. The assailant threw acid into the victim's face, burning his eyes in the incident and requiring surgery in Russia and Germany. Doctors say he will need six more months to convalesce.

Prosecutors want Zarutsky, Dmitrichenko and Lipatov to serve 10, nine and six years respectively in a maximum security prison.

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