MOSCOW — A Bolshoi dancer who was convicted in 2013 for his role in an acid attack on the ballet’s artistic director has been paroled.
Russian news agencies on Wednesday quoted the dancer’s lawyer Sergei Kadyrov saying that Pavel Dmitrichenko was released on Tuesday after a parole commission upheld his request for an early release.
Dmitrichenko was found guilty of asking an ex-convict to attack Sergei Filin and sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison in 2013. The ballet artistic director lost much of his sight after the man splashed acid on his face in Moscow.
The attack and the ensuing trial have revealed deep divisions at Russia’s most renowned theater. Some Bolshoi dancers sided with Dmitrichenko who insisted that he never contracted the attack, but only complained about Filin.