Bolshoi Theater hails detention of Filin attack suspect

Investigators scored a serious success when they detained a man suspected of throwing acid on Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin.

"It is a good piece of news for us," Bolshoi Theater spokesperson Katerina Novikova told Interfax.

"Hopefully, a trail has been found. If they managed to track down the perpetrator, there is hope that the person who ordered this crime will be identified as well," she said.

The suspect's detention was announced earlier on Tuesday.

"Moscow police detained one of the suspects and convoyed him for questioning on Tuesday as part of the inquiry into the attack on Sergei Filin," a Moscow police spokesman said.

The detained man was accused of throwing acid in Filin's face, a source in Moscow region law enforcement services told Interfax on Tuesday.

"The detained man has been accused of actually attacking Filin. The suspect is not a member of the Bolshoi Theater company," he said.

Filin suffered burns to the face and eyes in an acid attack on Jan. 17. He was admitted to Moscow's Hospital No. 36, where he underwent several operations on the eyes. Filin was released in a couple of weeks and went to Germany for rehabilitation, where he had more surgery.

The attack is being investigated on counts of inflicting bodily harm, part 1 of article 111 of the Russian criminal code. Police link the attack to Filin's professional work. Employees of the Bolshoi Theater have been questioned as part of the investigation.

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