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Moscow show trial by video: Dancer ‘confesses’ to acid attack on Bolshoi chief

Moscow police say that  Pavel Dmitrichenko, one of the Bolshoi’s leading male dancers, has signed a confession along with two other suspects who took part in the January attack on Sergei Filin, the company’s artistic director.


UPDATE: The suspects were brought before cameras to make their confession on video, a new twist to Putin’s neo-Stalinism.

‘I organised the stated crime, but not on the scale that it turned out,’ said the dancer in a video statement.

Police said the motive of the crime was ‘Pavel Dmitrichenko’s hostile relationship with Sergei Filin, which was linked to their work.’   The Moskovsky Komsomolets daily says Dmitrichenko was upset that his girlfriend, Anzhelina Vorontsova, was being passed over by Filin for major roles.

Full confessions in the Russian judicial system need to be taken with grim circumspection in light of the country’s history.

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  1. very sad.

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