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9-year sentence sought against Bolshoi dancer over acid attack

Russian prosecutors Friday demanded a nine-year jail sentence for a Bolshoi ballet dancer accused of masterminding an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe's artistic director, Sergei Filin. The long prison term sought for former soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko marks the latest twist in a headline-grabbing case that has captivated the ballet world and revealed deep fissures at the legendary theatre.

Russia seeks 9-year sentence for Bolshoi dancer over acid attack

Russian prosecutors sought Friday a nine-year jail sentence for Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko over his alleged mastermind role in an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe's artistic director. The prosecution also asked the court to sentence Dmitrichenko's suspected associate Yury Zarutsky to 10 years for flinging the sulphuric acid in the face of Sergei Filin on January 17, a crime that shocked Russia and scandalised the historic theatre.

Russia seeks 9-year sentence for Bolshoi dancer over acid attack

Russian prosecutors sought Friday a nine-year jail sentence for Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko over his alleged mastermind role in an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe's artistic director. The prosecution also asked the court to sentence Dmitrichenko's suspected associate Yury Zarutsky to 10 years for flinging the sulphuric acid in the face of Sergei Filin on January 17, a crime that shocked Russia and scandalised the historic theatre.

Russia seeks 9-year sentence for Bolshoi dancer over acid attack

Russian prosecutors sought Friday a nine-year jail sentence for Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko over his alleged role in a January acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe's artistic director, Russian agencies said. The prosecution also asked the court to sentence Dmitrichenko's suspected associate Yury Zarutsky to 10 years for flinging the sulphuric acid in the face of Sergei Filin, a crime that shocked Russia's ballet world and scandalised the historic theatre. ma/zak/yad

Defendant in Bolshoi theatre attack says acid use his own idea

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man charged with throwing acid in the face of the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director said the dancer accused of ordering the attack had only asked him to hit the victim and the use of acid was his own idea, a Russian court heard on Wednesday. Testimony in the trial of three men charged in the attack on Sergei Filin also focused on the size and skills of defendant Pavel Dmitrichenko's girlfriend, a dancer who a previous witness said had been passed over for roles by Filin.

Ex-Bolshoi star says jealousies led to acid attack

Ousted Bolshoi ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze said in graphic court testimony Monday that deep personal rivalries were behind the vicious acid attack against the troupe's venerable artistic director. One of Russia's most cherished cultural institutions has been riven by controversy ever since an assailant splashed a mixture of urine and acid in the face of Sergei Filin outside his Moscow apartment block on January 17.

Ex-Bolshoi star says jealousies led to acid attack

Ousted Bolshoi ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze said in graphic court testimony Monday that deep personal rivalries were behind the vicious acid attack against the troupe's artistic director, Sergei Filin. One of Russia's most cherished cultural institutions has been riven by controversy ever since an assailant splashed a mixture of urine and acid in the face of Filin outside his Moscow apartment block on January 17.

US ballerina accuses Bolshoi of 'cash for solos' scam

Russia's legendary Bolshoi ballet was embroiled in a new scandal Wednesday after an American ballerina accused the theatre of demanding $10,000 to allow her to dance solos. Texan Joy Womack, 19, a young dancer hired last year after graduating from Bolshoi's dancing school, said in an interview with the Izvestia daily that she dreamt of solo roles only to be told she would have to pay a bribe in order to perform.

Accused dancer argued with Bolshoi director, demanded roles: witness

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - A dancer accused of plotting an acid attack on the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director argued with the victim of his over his management style, saying he acted like a king, a Moscow court heard on Tuesday. The poisonous backstage rivalries that may have led to the January 17 attack were illuminated in court as director Sergei Filin's assistant testified about the arguments at the trial of dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants.

Acid attack made life of Bolshoi ballet chief a misery: family

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - The acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet "destroyed everything" in his life and brought misery on him and his family, a relative told a court on Thursday. Three men, including solo dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, are on trial for the January 17 attack on 43-year-old Sergei Filin that damaged the reputation of one of Russia's leading cultural institutions, revealing bitter rivalries behind the scenes.
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