Yury Dmitriev in his Petrozavodsk apartment
On Friday, 13 December 2016, the police knocked at the door and arrested the 60-year-old historian.
Dmitriev has been held in custody ever since, at the city’s Detention Centre No 1. In early June 2017 his trial began at the Petrozavodsk City Court (see Timeline). Recently, his term of preventative custody was extended until late January 2018.