come to the defense of Pavel Dmitrichenko.
On Tuesday, 300 Bolshoi dancers, crew members and administrators declared they couldn’t believe that Pavel Dmitrichenko could have committed the crime. They accused the police of pressuring him to confess. They suggested the evidence looked fake. And, in a letter to President Vladimir Putin and the public, they asked for an independent inquiry that would find the reason someone threw acid in Sergei Filin’s eyes the night of Jan. 17.
Moscow police issued a statement saying they "have deep respect for the work of the artists of the Bolshoi theatre and respect their opinion".
Mr Dmitrichenko, an experienced dancer who is known for playing the title role in Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible and the evil sorcerer in Swan Lake, admitted in court last week that he had disagreements with Mr Filin, and said they were over grants to dancers. The soloist said that he paid for the artistic director to be roughed up, but claimed he did not ask for acid to be used.