Russian attempts to discredit Yury DMITRIEV are proving increasingly futile, writes Halya Coynash. On 10 December the renowned historian of the Soviet Terror and head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society was named as one of the 15 laureates of the prestigious Franco-German Prize for Human Rights for 2020.
At the third attempt the Cassation Court in St Petersburg has allowed the appeal submitted by Yury DMITRIEV and his lawyer Victor Anufriev to go forward for examination. A report in the Kommersant newspaper (14 December 2020) quotes Anufriev as saying that DMITRIEV “had submitted one appeal against all the previous decisions reached by the courts” in Karelia.
“In the cassation appeal we have combined our objections to the High Court of Karelia which [on 29 September 2020] sentenced Yury Dmitriev to 13 years imprisonment,” said Dmitriev’s defence attorney. “We have also sent part of the case materials for a new examination: in that case we are appealing against the previous decision to sentence my client to 3 ½ years in a penal colony.” No date has yet been scheduled for the hearing at the court in St Petersburg, commented Anufriev.Continue reading
Scattered across the length and breadth of Russia (see Map of Memory), and neighbouring Kazakhstan, are hundreds of neglected or concealed burial grounds. Some 1,500 are currently known; others await commemoration or discovery.
Belbaltlag prisoners’ cemetery, discovered by Yury Dmitriev in August 2003
“Their Names Restored” (St Petersburg)
Yury DMITRIEV’s friend and colleague describes recent acquisitions by his Centre and work on the forthcoming second volume of Sandarmokh, a Place of Remembrance, that incorporates Dmitriev’s extensive research on those forcibly deported with their families to Karelia in the early 1930s:Continue reading
At the High Court hearing on 22 September in Petrozavodsk, Judge Alla Rats requested another expert assessment of the photographs on Yury DMITRIEV’s home computer that formed the pretext for his arrest on 13 December 2016.Continue reading