Bolshoi Dancer Confesses to Acid Attack on Moscow Ballet Director

Russia Bolshoi Attack

A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who is known for playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, Reuters reported. Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has danced as the monarch in “Ivan the Terrible” and the villain in “Swan Lake,” was detained on Tuesday over a crime that shocked Russia. A source at the Bolshoi confirmed media reports that Dmitrichenko was angry that his partner, ballerina Anzhelika Vorontsova, had missed out on top roles, including the lead in “Swan Lake.” Dmitrichenko was shown in a police video confessing to plotting the attack, in which a masked man threw a jar of sulfuric acid in the face of artistic director Sergei Filin in January. "I organized this attack, but not to the extent that it happened," Dmitrichenko said, apparently meaning that he did not intend for the attack to go so far.

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