MOSCOW -- Three suspects detained in connection with the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin have confessed and face up to 12 years in prison, Moscow police said Wednesday.
Bolshoi principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed Wednesday to organizing the attack, and the other men, Yuri Zarutski and Andrei Lipatov confessed to carrying it out, a statement on the Interior Ministry's website said.
"I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened," Dmitrichenko said, stone-faced, to Russian news Channel One. The dancer, who has performed such roles as the Evil Genius in Swan Lake and Russia's brutal ruler Ivan Grozny in a ballet of the same name, planned the assault for "personal resentment related to his work," police said, according to Russian media reports.
Zarutski threw the acid at Filin, 42, on the night of Jan. 17, searing his face, neck and eyes with third-degree burns, while Lipatov drove Zarutski to Filin’s apartment building, then drove him away when he fled the crime scene, police said.