Near the end of Filin's testimony, Judge Yelena Maximova asked him to explain what he meant by moral suffering. He started to speak but was overcome with emotion, covering his mouth and running into an adjacent room. Filin returned seconds later and continued.
"This is the most difficult part," he proceeded in a trembling voice, tears rolling down his cheeks. "I lost my vision and I can't see my children as they are watching my pain from the side."
Then he began sobbing and the judge asked him not to continue.
Dmitrichenko blandly apologized, saying that he accepted moral responsibility for the attack but immediately added that he had not organized it.
At the start of the hearing, Filin said he didn't know and couldn't identify the two attackers. He said he could remember only "two eyes looking at him from under the hood" before sulfuric acid was thrown into his face on the night of Jan. 17 near his house in downtown Moscow.
"My face was exploding as I was screaming for help as I had never felt this kind of pain before, but help was not coming," he recalled. "My vision was gone and I was swearing and falling and getting up and stumbling and falling again and yelling. I dropped my phone and since it was white I couldn't find in the snow to call somebody."
Filin testified that he believed Dmitrichenko was driven by "envy and extreme animosity" toward him.
Filin said the atmosphere around him was getting thicker before the Jan. 17 attack. Once his email was hacked and "horrendously distorted" copies of his emails were posted on a fake Facebook account. Later his car tires were slashed and his cellphone line was jammed with hundreds of phone calls terrorizing him for more than a week in January.