19th June podcast on Rights in Russia
“This week our podcast is devoted to the historian and head of the branch of Memorial in Karelia, Yury Dmitriev.
“Dmitriev’s name is especially closely connected to Sandarmokh. It was he who led the expedition there in 1997 that discovered the location of the mass burials of victims of Stalinist repression. Today Dmitriev remains in pre-trial detention as he awaits the outcome of his second trial on charges of child pornography. Our guests are Irina Flige, human rights defender and director of the Memorial Scientific Research Centre (St. Petersburg), Anatoly Razumov, historian and expert on the Stalin-era repressions (also from St. Petersburg), and Andrea Gullotta, a lecturer at Glasgow University and expert on the life and culture of the Gulag.
“Yury Dmitriev (born in 1956 in Petrozavodsk) is a human rights activist and local historian in Karelia who has worked since the early 1990s to locate the execution sites of Stalin’s Terror and identify the victims. Dmitriev was arrested in December 2016 and charged with making pornographic images of his foster daughter. In April 2018 he was acquitted of the charges but sentenced to 30 months in prison for possession of a gun. In June 2018 a second criminal case was opened against him on the basis of ‘newly discovered circumstances.’ His second trial is ongoing and Dmitriev remains in pre-trial detention.”
The music is from Stravinsky’s “Elegy for Solo Viola”,
played here by Karolina Errera.