Director of Boris Pasternak Museum, Peredelkino
Philologist, translator and journalist
Dmitriev half-seriously expresses the wish that, by his 60th birthday (28 January 2016), there would also be sixty collective memorials at Sandarmokh, one for each of the nationalities and confessions represented there.
A 38-minute recording made in 2014 (?) in which Yury Dmitriev described a chance meeting with Irina Flige and Venyamin Ioffe at the FSB archives in Petrozavodsk. It was then they agreed to search together for the burial pits holding the remains of the missing Solovki transport.
He vividly describes his attitude to monuments and memorial cemeteries, in particular his own preference for the informal and all-inclusive nature of the Memorial that has taken shape at Sandarmokh over the past 20 years.