MOSCOW, December 3 (RAPSI) - Leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to 6 years in prison Tuesday in connection with the acid attack that left Bolshoi Artistic Director Sergei Filin with third degree burns to his face and eyes, RAPSI reports live from the courtroom.
Yury Zarutsky, the accused attacker, received a 10 year sentence. Andrei Lipatov, the driver, received a sentence of 4 years.
The judge stated at one point that she doesn’t see it as possible to grant suspended sentences to any of the defendants.
Filin during the hearing of the acid attack case requested the initiation of a civil suit, seeking 508,000 rubles ($15,703) in pecuniary damage and 3 million ($92,733) in moral damage. The judge satisfied his requests fully on Tuesday.
Leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko was convicted Tuesday in connection with the acid attack that left Bolshoi Artistic Director Sergei Filin with third degree burns to his face and eyes, RAPSI reports live from the courtroom.
Yury Zarutsky, the accused attacker, and Andrei Lipatov, the driver, likewise received guilty verdicts.
Prosecutors had previously requested the following sentences for each: Dmitrichenko – 9 years, Zarutsky – 10 years, and Lipatov – 6 years.
Filin suffered third-degree burns to his face and eyes on January 17 when unknown assailants attacked him with what is believed to have been concentrated acid. Shortly after the attack, a Bolshoi Theater spokesperson confirmed that Filin had received various threats.
Three men were arrested in March in connection with the attack, including Pavel Dmitrichenko, a leading Bolshoi soloist, the alleged attacker Yury Zarutsky and driver Andrei Lipatov. They each face 12 years in prison if convicted.
Filin returned to Moscow last September after six months of treatment in a German hospital. He has undergone more than 20 eye surgeries, and German doctors said that Filins eyesight had improved significantly. After losing over 90 percent of his vision in his left eye and becoming totally blind in his right eye, 80 percent of the vision in his left eye has been restored, and he can distinguish big objects with his right eye.