Yesterday evening Sasha Kononova reported on the Dmitriev Supporters Facebook Page (7,800 followers) that the court-appointed attorney did not turn up yesterday to take on the defence of Yury DMITRIEV at the Petrozavodsk City Court.
The city Bar Assocation, apparently, ruled his participation improper. Today it is expected that Victor Anufriev, Dmitriev’s attorney since 2016, will be well enough to appear in court on his client’s behalf, after making the long journey from Moscow.
Petrozavodsk City Court
Several hearings in Yury DMITRIEV’s third trial at the Petrozavodsk City Court are due to take place this week and next: today, tomorrow and Friday, and on Monday, 6 December.
What happens today (writes Natalia Dyomina on Facebook) promises to be unpredictable. DMITRIEV’s principal defence attorney of the past five years Victor Anufriev has been ill [last year he missed important hearings while self-isolating due to Covid-19] and Dmitriev signed an agreement with a second attorney from Petrozavodsk. At the last court hearing, however, the substitute lawyer could not be present: he was due to appear at another trial, agreed much earlier, some way from the Karelian capital.
Victor Anufriev, February 2021
Soon Judge Khomyakova was up to her old tricks. Dissatisfied with these “delays” she herself appointed an attorney, giving him or her (the identity of the new lawyer is unknown) only a few days to get acquainted with no less than 25 substantial case files from the two earlier trials.
The Dmitriev Affair, 2016-2021
A full summary of the twists and turns of this by now internationally famous case was recently given, offering an analysis of what has happened so far and why. The following, all cited in that summary, are probably the four most important and informative articles and interviews about the case (each has been translated from Russian):
Two Interviews with DMITRIEV attorney Victor Anufriev:
[Other comments by Anufriev]
Two articles that provide comprehensive accounts of the evidence and testimony at both trials:
The slow progress of the two trials (it took only seven months to arrest and convict DMITRIEV’s colleague Sergei Koltyrin) can be followed on Timelines One & Two. A subsequent timeline traces the Appeals process since September last year.