The charges

Between 1 June 2017 and 5 April 2018, YURY DMITRIEV was on trial in Petrozavodsk charged under Article 242.2 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (“Use of a minor for the purposes of preparing pornography”) and Article 135 (“Perverted acts without the use of force against a minor”). For further details of these laws and the penalties they carry, see below.

The charges relate to photographs Dmitriev took of his foster daughter Natasha, in a naked state, between the ages of three and seven. He denied the charges.

Later, Dmitriev was additionally charged, under Article 226 with “Stealing or Possession of Arms, Ammunition” etc.

Dmitriev, a 61-year-old pensioner, was held in custody at Detention Centre No 1 in Petrozavodsk for over a year before being released on 27 January 2018 on condition that he did not leave the city of Petrozavodsk.

See Yury Dmitriev is a political prisoner
(Memorial HRC), 28 June 2017

THE LAW
(legislation online ODHIR)

Article 242.2

Using a Minor for the Purpose of
Making Pornographic Materials or Objects

(An article added to the 1996 Criminal Code
by Federal Law No. 14-FZ of 29 February  2012)

Part 1. Making photos, films or videotapes showing a minor for the purpose of making and/or distributing pornographic materials or objects, or attracting a minor as a performer in an entertainment of pornographic nature by a person who has reached eighteen years of age –

shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to ten years with or without deprivation of the right to hold definite offices or to engage in definite activities for a term of up to fifteen years.

Part 2. The same deeds made:
a) in respect of two or more persons;
b) by a group of persons by previous concert or by an organised group;
c) in respect of a person who has not reached fourteen years of age;
d) through the use of information-telecommunication networks (including Internet) –

shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of eight to fifteen years with or without deprivation of the right to hold definite offices or to engage in definite activities for a term of up to twenty years or with restriction of liberty for a term of up to two years or without such.

Article 135

Depraved Actions

(Part 1 of Article 135 of this Code
was amended by Federal Law No. 14-FZ
of 29 February 2012)

  1. The commission of lecherous actions without using violence by a person who has reached eighteen years of age in respect of a person who has not reached sixteen years of age and sexual maturity –

shall be punishable by obligatory labour for a term of up to 480 hours, or by restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years, or by compulsory labour for a term of up to five years with or without deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or to be engaged in a certain activity for a period of up three years, or by deprivation of liberty for a term of up to three years with or without deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or to be engaged in a certain activity for a period of up to ten years.

(Part 2 of Article 135 concerns the same offence against a person who has reached twelve years of age; points 3 & 4 concern the offences defined in points 1 and 2, as committed by two or more people.)

ACCUSATIONS OF
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN RUSSIA

In a number of recent articles the journalist Maria Eismont has covered the investigation of allegations of child sexual abuse and their prosecution. What she has to report does not make for happy reading.