The Dmitriev Affair

Of interest to all, not just Karelia

<< No. 11 (244) 20 March 2017 >>

12 March, technically speaking, was the last day in custody for historian YURY DMITRIEV’s during investigation of the accusations made against him.

Dmitriev.2007The 61-year-old researcher has spent almost three months in Pretrial Detention Facility No. 1 in Petrozavodsk. During this time, solo pickets supporting Dmitriev have been held on the streets of the Karelian capital, his case has been discussed at a traveling session of the Presidential Human Rights Council, and the republic got a new governor. According to Dmitriev’s attorney, the historian will probably be indicted and his case sent to court.

Yury Dmitriev has been accused of producing pornography. Neither his colleagues, friends or people who have worked at some time with Yury Dmitriev believe the charges are true. Many link his arrest to the work he has done, searching for the places where political prisoners were shot, compiling lists of victims of the Soviet period, and heading the Karelian branch of Memorial.

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Published by Anna Yarovaya on the 7 x 7 website
on 1 March 2017

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