“The main thing is to pass on what we know”

On 26 December 2021, the day before the hearing, I wrote to Yury DMITRIEV (says Olga Nosenko on Facebook today). I had my doubts. Wasn’t this a silly thing to do? But I posted my letter with no great expectations, sending him New Year’s greetings and the tale of my forbears.

And this is what I received today after DMITRIEV had already heard the new sentence. I’ll quote two excerpts:

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This very night

DMITRIEV’s friends and supporters from Moscow and Petersburg and his defence attorney Victor Anufriev are travelling north to Petrozavodsk to hear the announcement later this morning, writes Alla Shmaina-Velikanova.

Meanwhile, In Petrozavodsk Yury DMITRIEV and his family and friends are waiting for the morning. So are the city’s devout old men and women, outside the courthouse door in the frost.

Judge Khomyakova is also waiting for the dawn. Is she sleeping? What dreams does she see? Or is she awake?

Dmitriev Supporter recognised

Russia’s Association of Theatrical Critics has announced its awards for 2021. The play of the year is “Mozart’s Don Giovanni: The Dress Rehearsal”, written by Dmitry Krymov.

Their Person of the Year is Lia AKHEDZHEKOVA, People’s Actor of Russia, actress with the Sovremennik Theatre. She was chosen “for her consistent and bold public defence of human values and professional dignity”.