Pavel Dmitrichenko’s lawyers will contest the forensic results that show that the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet chief Sergei Filin caused grievous bodily harm. Dmitrichenko, who is in jail, is accused of instigating the assault on Filin in January.
Lawyer Violetta Volkova said that the seriousness of the effects of the attack would be an important factor in sentencing if the court comes down against her client There is a maximum sentence of twelve years for grievous bodily harm, says Isvestia. However, she is also attempting to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Filin is still in Germany undergoing treatment to his eyes, and is said to be recovering his sight.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.