Pavel Dmitrichenko

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Pavel V. Dmitrichenko, 2013

Pavel V. Dmitrichenko is a Russian ballet dancer and formerly a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre.


Dmitrichenko was born on January 3, 1984 in Moscow into a family of artists, all members of the State Academic Folk Dance Ensemble under the direction of Igor Moiseyev.

In 2002 he graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and was accepted into the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre. In 2005 he graduated from the Institute of Russian theater.

He is Angelina Vorontsova's common-law husband.[1]


Among the roles he has played are: "Yasha" in the "Golden Age", the "Evil Genius" in "Swan Lake", "Abderrahmane" in "Raymonda", "Spartacus" in "Spartacus", "Jose" in "Carmen Suite", "Tybalt" in "Romeo and Juliet", "Hans" in "Giselle" and "Ivan" in "Ivan the Terrible".

Prizes and awards[edit]

In 2004 Dmitrichenko received the diploma of the International Ballet Competition in Rome, Italy.

Sergei Filin acid attack case[edit]

Dmitrichenko was arrested on March 5, 2013 in relation to the attack, of January 17, 2013, on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Sergei Filin.[2] According to the police an unknown assailant doused acid on the face of Filin.[3] On March 5 Dmitrichenko’s home was searched.[4] According to Moscow police on March 6, all three detainees wrote a confession.[5] On December 3, 2013 Dmitrichenko was given a six-year prison sentence for his role in the attack.[6] In March 2014 the conviction from December 2013 was canceled. The case was then reviewed. At the retrial the court refused Dmitrichenko's request to call witnesses in his defense and rendered a verdict quickly with the prosecution, resulting in a sentence of 51/2 years, six months less than the original 2013 sentence.[7]

Dmitrichenko was granted an early release from prison due to good behavior in May, 2016 after serving 3 years of his sentence.[8] Following a chance meeting with the Bolshoi's new artistic director, Makhar K. Vaziev, Dmitrichenko was granted a building pass and returned the Bolshoi for morning practice routines only. General director Vladimir Urin stated after Dmitrichenko's release that the dancer could audition to rejoin the company provided there was an opening and provided he proved himself as an artist.[9]


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