On 22 April, the Karelian edition of the Rossiya TV Channel’s “Events of the Week” programme included a brief item, mentioning that “this summer” there would be fresh investigations of the burials at the Sandarmokh memorial complex near Medvezhegorsk.
(For those who know Russian,
the item begins five minutes into this half-hour broadcast)
Periodically, the suggestion that YURY DMITRIEV may have misidentified those buried at Sandarmokh or, rather, that the dead there also include Soviet prisoners of war captured and executed by the Finns in 1941-1944, has been given coverage in State-controlled Russian media and, even, in certain Finnish media outlets. Continue reading
The Serbsky Institute, the organisation which Prosecutor Askerova requested to assess Dmitriev’s mental state and the nine supposedly pornographic photos, effectively demolished the prosecution case, by declaring that the photos had no sexual content or purpose and that Dmitriev was himself normal mentally.
Yelena ASKEROVA, Petrozavodsky City Prosecutor since 2012
In her closing statement, however, Yelena Askerova demanded that YURY DMITRIEV be found guilty as charged and given a 9-year setence of imprisonment.
On Thursday, 22 March, the defence will make its closing statement and the judge will withdraw to consider her verdict.
After her journey from Moscow to Petrozavodsk to express her support for Yury Dmitriev, the redoutable literary specialist MARIETTA CHUDAKOVA found time to give a public lecture on Memory, history textbooks and how “the present generation of idiots” in Russia was raising the next …
She also responded to questions from the media, as is now the custom, in the courthouse corridor. Karelia’s State Radio & Televion Company did not include her words, however, in that evening’s news broadcast.
in Russian (English summary
or translation available presently)
On 21 December literary critic ALEXANDER ARKHANGELSKY spoke, at a meeting of the Council on Culture and Art with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, about the pressure being put on cultural figures and the need to humanise Russian culture and society.
“If such things take place at the federal level, in the glare of publicity, it’s not surprising that in places further from our national media the same kind of thing is happening. It is now one year that Yury Dmitriev, an outstanding historian, the author of classic works about Solovki, has been kept in detention, awaiting a verdict in his trial.
“The court – and this is a rare instance – rejected the results of the expert assessment that seemed to confirm his guilt. The case materials were again sent not to State institutions for expert evaluation, however, but to semi-private companies – a second time, let me emphasise.”
The late Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017), chairman of the Memorial Society, talks about the “Last Address” project (26 September 2016)
(and see Memorial letter, 16 December 2016, in response to the arrest of Yury Dmitriev)
film director and screenplaywright
posted to YouTube on 22 November 2017
(Full text in Russian follows)
“What do such solitary individuals as Yury Dmitriev do in this vast country? They link our time with times past. They show the origins of that diabolic force, which today has awoken in those who are persecuting Yury Dmitriev.
Video Clips since June 2017 (complete list)
The letter E following a clip indicates
that an English text is available, in part (e) or as a whole [E]
Gleb Pavlovsky (political commentator) – 28 October
Georgy Frangulyan (sculptor) – 27 October [e]
Leonid Weintraub (art specialist) – 22 October
Andrei Makarevich (rock musician) – 19 October [e]
Vladimir Martynov (composer) – 16 October [E]
Ludmila Ulitskaya (writer) – 11 October
plus footage of Yury DMITRIEV in 2007 and 2014 [E]
Yury Norstein (animated film-maker) – 1 October
Natalya Solzhenitsyn (president of Solzhenitsyn Foundation) – 1 October
Lev Shlosberg (journalist and politician) – 1 October