June 21, 2013 |
Sergei Filin -- the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet who was attacked with acid this year -- has been left nearly blind despite 18 operations, according to company spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. He is preparing for a 19 th operation at a clinic in Germany. Filin, 42, was returning home late at night in January when a masked man hurled sulfuric acid in his face. He suffered severe burns to his eyes and face. Initial reports, after his treatment in Germany, were optimistic, but Filin's right eye is completely sightless and he's lost 95% of his vision overall, Novikova said.
October 29, 2013 |
A former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has reportedly pleaded not guilty to accusations he organized an acid attack in January on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin, leaving the victim with severe burns and eye damage. At a court hearing in Moscow on Tuesday, Pavel Dmitrichenko formally entered a plea of not guilty. The Associated Press reported that Dmitrichenko has denied that he organized the assault with the help of Yuri Zarutsky, who is suspected of physically carrying out the attack.
September 19, 2013 |
Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, has returned to the renowned theater for the first time since undergoing operations to deal with the aftermath of a horrific acid attack that severely damaged his eyesight. Filin, 42, wore sunglasses inside the theater Tuesday, where he was surrounded by journalists. According to reports, he said he felt well but isn't able to return to work yet. Filin has traveled to Germany to receive treatment for his eyes, and his vision has reportedly recovered somewhat but is still significantly impaired.
March 7, 2013 |
Details about the vicious acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin continue to unfurl after principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko's confession Wednesday. Now Dmitrichenko, 29, has admitted to masterminding the plot against Filin, but he said that he paid Yuri Zarutski about $1,600 to scare and hit Filin, not douse Filin in sulfuric acid. The drama and intrigue of these events -- as they continue to develop -- have not only shed a spotlight on bitter infighting within the Bolshoi, but have also sent the international dance world spinning with speculation.
March 5, 2013 |
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.
March 5, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Police detained and questioned a suspect Tuesday in the acid attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, casting a shadow on Moscow's recently renovated iconic theater and exposing longtime bitter infighting among its dancers. The suspect, whose house was searched, is believed to be one of two or more people who carried out the attack, police said. The unidentified man had no direct connection to the Bolshoi but was involved in the attack on Filin, said Russian tabloid news site Life News, citing an unnamed police source.