MOSCOW — Russian police on Wednesday began to outline the plot that resulted in an acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, a story of temperamental artists, professional jealousy and possibly a woman scorned.
Pavel Dmitrichenko, a 29-year-old Bolshoi star who was detained Tuesday, confessed Wednesday to the crime, said Maxim Kolosvetov, a Moscow police spokesman.
“I organized this attack,” Dmitrichenko, with dark circles under his eyes and looking slightly disheveled, said in a video shown on Russia 24 state television. He said he had not intended for his scheme to go as far as it did.
Two other characters in the drama were also shown: Yuri Zarutsky, 35, an unemployed man with a criminal record who admitted to throwing the acid, and Andrei Lipatov, 31, a driver who said he
provided transportation without knowing the reason for the trip.
Police said the motive was a
theater-related grudge, but state television reporters offered a narrative with a more detailed emotional arc. Before Filin became the Bolshoi artistic director two years ago, responsible for choosing who danced what part and charting the direction of the company, he was ballet director at the smaller
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater.