Russian Supreme Court dismisses Bolshoi acid attack verdict appeal
MOSCOW, July 28 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) - Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected a cassation appeal filed by the leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko against the verdict in the case over the attack on the ballet’s artistic director Sergei Filin, the court’s press office told RAPSI on Monday.
Sergei Filin sustained third-degree burns to his face and eyes in the acid attack in January 2013.
On December 3, Dmitrichenko was convicted for masterminding the attack and sentenced by the Meschansky District Court of Moscow to 6 years in prison. The court ruled that other defendants in the trial – former convict Yuri Zarutsky, who carried out the attack, and driver Andrei Lipatov – only did the jobs that had been assigned to them by Dmitrichenko.
Zarutsky received a 10-year sentence, while Lipatov was sentenced to four years in jail. Dmitrichenko and Lipatov had pleaded not guilty, while Zarutsky claimed he planned and carried out the attack on his own.
The court also ordered the defendants to pay Filin 3.5 million rubles ($99,847) in compensation for medical costs and moral damage.
In March, the Moscow City Court mitigated the sentence of Dmitrichenko from 6 to five 5.5 years in prison. The sentence of Lipatov was reduced from 4 to 2 years. Zarutsky will serve 9 years in a maximum security penal colony.