MOSCOW — The January acid attack on Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director, took a mysterious turn Tuesday after police detained a star dancer and two possible accomplices, without suggesting a motive or lodging charges.
Pavel Dmitrichenko, a soloist who has danced with the Bolshoi for about 10 years, was detained along with two men with no apparent connection to the troupe.
In a statement from the Interior Ministry, investigators said they were working on the theory that Dmitrichenko had organized the attack. Authorities said they suspected that Yuri Zarutsky carried it out. A third man, Andrei Lipatov, who was the first detained Tuesday morning, was described as a driver.
Filin was attacked on a dark, snowy night as he was returning home to his family after spending the evening at a gala attended by many Moscow cultural figures. A man who had covered his face with a scarf called Filin’s name and then threw acid into his face.