Yuri Zarutsky admits guilt in the attack on Sergei Filin, while Pavel Dmitrichenko does some walking back.
Yuri Zarutsky is accused of accepting money from dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and carrying out the attack on Sergei Filin. A third man, Andrei Lipatov, is accused of driving Zarutsky to and from the scene of the crime.
But he denied organising or paying for the attack, in a reversal of a statement he made in March.
Footage released by police at the time showed a dazed Dmitrichenko, 29, saying “I organised that attack but not to the extent that it occurred.”
"The initiative for the attack was mine and I am the one who should be judged, not the guys who are sitting behind bars there," Zarutsky said.
He said he wanted to help Dmitrichenko but in the end "had only made things worse".
A forensic medical examination in May established that the victim had sustained grave bodily injury, which means that the suspects potentially face up to 12 years in prison.