Who is a “political prisoner”?

No universally-accepted definition of the term “political prisoner” exists << Reports >> No universally-accepted definition of the term “political prisoner” exists. The understanding adopted by the Memorial Human Rights Centre is oriented towards the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms and the mobilisation of public solidarity with the victims of political repression. It is…

Yury Dmitriev’s supporters

Appeals in support of Yury Dmitriev have been broadcast on Echo Moskvy radio station by writer Dmitry BYKOV and music legend Boris GREBENSHCHIKOV << No 258, 21 June 2017 >> On 20 June radio station Echo Moskvy broadcast appeals on behalf of YURY DMITRIEV by poet Dmitry Bykov and (from Petersburg) by the former leader…

Who is Yury Dmitriev?

and why is he facing 15 years’ imprisonment? << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> The trial of historian YURY DMITRIEV began on 1 June. The hearings in Petrozavodsk, suggests journalist Maria Eismont, is “the most important thing happening in Russia today”. Because the charges are sensitive, and concern a minor, supposedly, the hearings…

A quota for killings (1938)

Arrest 5,000 more, and shoot 60% of them << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> “These encrypted telegrams mostly contain statistics rather than specific names. There are no people, just numbers,” says ALEXANDER DANIEL in a recent comment about the DMITRIEV case. “Only in Karelia do we have everything at the level of individual…

He roused the Dragon

Alexander Daniel (Memorial) on the Dmitriev case << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> Over the years of his work Yury Dmitriev became not only a splendid field researcher. He also became unique and unsurpassed as a kind of harvester of archives. This led to entirely unique results: You know that phrase that everyone…

A political prosecution

Sergei Krivenko (Memorial) on the Dmitriev case << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> In February SERGEI KRIVENKO travelled to Karelia, as a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, to monitor the case of YURY DMITRIEV. In early June he talked to ZOYA SVETOVA. Yury Dmitriev is a very…

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. The 61-year-old researcher has spent almost three months in Pretrial Detention Facility No. 1 in Petrozavodsk. During this…