New Suspect in Russian Ballet Acid Attack

“A Bolshoi Ballet soloist has been detained by police, suspected of ordering an acid attack on the company’s artistic director,” a BBC World News online article posted today said. The article continued, “Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is being held along with Yuri Zarutsky, who is suspected of carrying out the attack, Russia’s interior ministry says. Sergei Filin’s eyesight was badly damaged when a masked attacker threw sulphuric acid in his face in January. A third person, suspected of being the attacker’s driver, is also being held… …A spokeswoman for the Bolshoi Theatre, speaking before Mr Dmitrichenko was detained, said the company was hopeful that the crime would be solved. Katerina Novikova said she did not know of any dispute between the dancer and Mr Filin, Reuters reports. The mid-January attack shocked the arts world. It came after a period of infighting at the Bolshoi, one of Russia’s most prestigious ballet companies.”

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