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Bolshoi Ballet Dancer Detained for Acid Attack

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 file photo, Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, as Ivan the Terrible, right, and ballerina Anna Nikulina as Anastasia, wife of Ivan the Terrible perform at a dress rehearsal of Ivan the Terrible (Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible) in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. The Russian Interior Ministry says police are searching the home of a star of the Bolshoi Ballet, Pavel Dmitrichenko, known for his role as tsar Ivan the Terrible, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday March 5, 2013, in connection with the acid attack on the company's artistic director, and have detained another man on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

Almost two months after the shocking acid attack on Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director, Russian police have detained three suspects in connection with the crime. One of them is Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has been a dancer at the Bolshoi since 2002 and who is believed to have ordered the attack. A second dancer, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, told reporters that Dmitrichenko disagreed with Filni over certain management issues (as has Tsiksaridize; the Bolshoi Ballet is not an easy place to work). The other two detainees are believed to be the actual acid-thrower and his driver.  

Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Corbis