Turns Out The Russian Ballet Acid Attacker Was "Ivan The Terrible"

Of course. Police say dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to orchestrating January's Black Swan-style attack.

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On Wednesday, police announced that Pavel Dmitrichenko, a soloist with Russia's Bolshoi Theatre, confessed to plotting an acid attack on the troupe's artistic director Sergei Filin in January.

Two other men carried out the attack — Yury Zarutsky, who allegedly threw the sulphuric acid at Filin's face, burning the director's face and neck and severely damaging his eyesight.

A theater spokesman said she knew of "no bitter rivalry" between the director and his dancer, though there are reports Dmitrichenko's motive was a "hostile personal relationship."

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