“What does Memorial have to hide?”

On 10 January 2017 while the charges against Yury DMITRIEV were still being investigated the nationwide, State-funded Rossiya-24 TV channel broadcast a 13-minute report entitled “What does the Memorial Society have to hide?”

It talked about the International Memorial Society based in Moscow which has been denounced and condemned as a “foreign agent” since 2016.

The report also referred to the Dmitriev Case (he is head of Memorial in Karelia) and showed several photographs from the health diary he kept between 2008 and 2015 to monitor the growth and development of his foster daughter. In a statement during the report one of the investigators claimed that some of these images had been shared on the “dark net”. Dmitriev’s common-law wife [Irina], on the other hand, was quoted as saying contemptuously that they were “normal family photos”.

The voice-over when the photographs were shown stated: “Such images can only arouse feelings of disgust and revulsion in any normal person”.

See Timeline One

“A photo of a naked child is not pornography”, first interview with DMITRIEV’S defence lawyer Victor Anufriev, 7×7: Horizontal Russia, 29 December 2016

PS — Rossiya-TV has blocked direct access to this report from our website. It can still be viewed on YouTube.