In late December Russia’s Supreme Court ordered International Memorial to disband as an organisation, after 33 years existence. This morning Memorial’s appeal against that ruling will be heard by the Court’s appeals board.
Following that hearing Memorial has organised a concert against the war being waged on Ukraine by Russia’s land, sea and air forces.
Sergei Bykovsky today posted on Facebook a photo of Yury DMITRIEV in 2005 at Mount Sekirna on the Great Solovetsky Island. Dmitriev’s little foster daughter Natasha was christened on that trip.
That year Yury DMITRIEV received the new Golden Pen of Russia award for his publications about the building of the White Sea Canal in the early 1930s and the Karelian killing fields at Krasny Bor and Sandarmokh which he helped to discover where thousands were shot and secretly buried during the Great Terror.
by Crew of the Northabout yacht and other Irish “Grandfathers for Human Rights“
On Thursday, 10 February 2022, the crew of the Northabout yacht, which sailed through the White Sea Canal in 2012 and met Yury DMITRIEV, held a silent protest against his unjust and heavy sentence outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin.
Crew members travelled with DMITRIEV to Sandarmokh and learned of his work.
Yury DMITRIEV with Dr Michael Brogan (left) and Colm Brogan, 2012