Russia: Bolshoi Acid Attack Verdict Set For Dec. 3

A verdict in the case of the Bolshoi dancer accused of masterminding an acid attack on the ballet’s director will be announced Dec. 3, Russian news agencies reported.

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Poseing with members of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

The lawyers of soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and his co-defendants read their closing statements in a Moscow court Friday, before the judge adjourned the trial until Tuesday’s verdict.

Prosecutors demanded the dancer receive nine years behind bars for his alleged role in the attack. They have also requested a 10-year sentence for ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, suspected of carrying out the attack, and six years for their driver, Andrei Lipatov.

The Jan. 17 attack on Sergei Filin shone a spotlight on backstage bickering at the renowned theater.

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Alleged perpetrator of an acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet.

The maximum prison sentence for the charge against Dmitrichenko and Zarutsky is 12 years.