Moscow police have isolated three suspects in the bizarre case of an acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin.
The suspects, one of whom is Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, were detained and questioned on Tuesday.
Police suspect Dmitrichenko may have masterminded the attack, in which sulfuric acid was hurled into Filin’s face outside of his home, authorities said. The incident left Filin with third-degree burns and almost blinded him.
Yuri Zarutski, 35, is believed to be Filin's assailant. He was also brought in for questioning along with Andrei Lipatov. According to a statement on the Interior Ministry website, Lipatov is suspected of driving Zarutski to and from the attack.
"The detainment gives us hope that the perpetrators will be found and punished," said Bolshoi Ballet spokesperson Katerina Novikova. She added that Filin had received had phone threats and his Facebook account had been hacked before the attack.