Foreign media (& translations)


24 June: Owen Luxmoore



3 February: Arja Paananen
“Historian who exposed Stalin’s crimes is himself prosecuted”, Ilta Sanomat
(Tekaistu lapsipornosyyte vei vankilaan – Stalinin vainojen selvittäjä joutui itse vainotuksi – in Finnish)


27 January: Arja Paananen
“Researcher who found mass graves, arrested after anonymous tip-off”, Ilta Sanomat
(Karjalan joukkohaudat löytänyt tutkija vangittiin nimettömän pedofiliaväitteen vuoksi – tytär julkaisi nyt kuvan vapaudesta – Finnish)



23 December:  Mikkel Voruela
“The Man who hunted Stalin’s crimes becomes a hunted man himself”, Dagbladet Information
(Jurij Dmitriev: Manden, der jagtede Stalins forbrydelser, er nu selv en jaget mand — Danish)


17 November: Elena Chizhova (interview)
“St Petersburg PEN, ‘This City is Ours!'”, Pen America – the Freedom to Write

3 November: Steven Derix
“Commemoration of Stalin’s victims is too political in Putin’s Russia”,
(Slachtoffers van Stalin herdenken is te politiek in Poetins Rusland — Dutch)

3 November: Sergiy Shevchenko (interview with researcher)
“The present Russian ruler is the spiritual heir of those who carried out the mass shootings at Sandarmokh”, Radio Svoboda (in Ukrainian)

2 November: “The Day of Remembrance in Petrozavodsk”, 7×7 – Horizontal Russia


The mass-circulation Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun opened a series of 80 articles marking the centenary of the October 1917 Revolution with two successive items about the Dmitriev Affair by its Moscow bureau chief Endo Ryosuke:

— 26 October:  “The historian who discovered where the victims of Stalin were buried is himself being persecuted”

— 25 October: “The prisoners who disappeared. Over five days 1,111 people were shot in the forest” (the missing Solovki transport)

Items from 30 December 2016 to 16 October 2017
compiled by Mary Pat Campbell

16 October: editorial, “Counting Putin’s Victims”, Weekly Standard (USA)

16 October: Short items – last about petition in support of Dmitriev,

15 October: “Court Extends Dmitriev’s Custody to Late January 2018”,
The Russian Reader (R source: Chernika, 12 October)

12 October: “Petrozavodsk court rejected petitions of Dmitriev’s lawyer and prolonged the term of his arrest”, 7×7 – Horizontal Russiahttps://7×

11 October: Jay Nordlinger, “The Grave-Hunter, Hunted”, The National Review (USA)

11 October: Jay Nordlinger, “With My Own Bare Hands”, The National Review (USA)


18 September:  Halya Coynash, “Russia honours founders of the Soviet Terror, jails historian who uncovered their victims”, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

16 September: “Сourt scheduled a new examination of photographs in Dmitriev’s case”, 7×7 – Horizontal Russia — https://7×

16 September: Shura Burtin, “Gandalf’s Case: Russia prosecutes man literally digging up its darkest Gulag secrets”, Euromaidan Press — Long Read *

7 September: “Defence demand new assessment of the photographic evidence”,
7×7 – Horizontal Russia — https://7×

4 September: Natalia Shkurenok, “The historian who dug too deep”,
Open Democracy / Russia


31 August: “Petrozavodsk court examines another witness”, 7×7 – Horizontal Russia

Journalists from Sweden at courthouse.

25 August: “Yury Dmitriev testifies during his trial”, 7×7 — Horizontal Russia

15 August: Emmanuel Grynszpan, “Moscow is silencing the critics of Stalin”,
Le devoir (Montreal) (Moscou fait taire les critiques de Staline — French)

10 August:  Simone Brunner, “A historian on trial: the dead of Sandarmokh”,
(Historiker vor Gericht: Die Toten von Sandarmoch — German)

4 August: Sergei Markelov, “Karelian historian Yuri Dmitriev recognized as political prisoner”, Independent Barents Observer

4 August: Halya Coynash, “Jailed historian of Stalin’s Terror declared a political prisoner in Putin’s Russia”, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

3 August: Alec Luhn, “Gulag grave hunter unearths uncomfortable truths in Russia”, The Guardian (London)


24 July: Sabra Ayres, “An outspoken researcher of Stalin’s crimes fights for his own fate and freedom in Russia”, Los Angeles Times

18 July:   Howard Amos, “Anti-Stalin historian Yuri Dmitriev is accused of paedophilia”, The Times (London). Read full text here

11 July: Gleb Yarovoi, “Petrozavodsk picket in support of the arrested researcher Yuri Dmitriev”, 7×7 – Horizontal Russia


21 June:  John Crowfoot, “Who is Yury Dmitriev – why is he facing 15 years’ imprisonment?” Rights in Russia (original text)

12 June:  Zoya Svetova, “Dmitriev and the Dragon from the Great Terror”,  Rights in Russia (R source: Open Russia). Interviews with Victor Anufriev, Sergei Krivenko and Alexander Daniel

9 June:  Halya Coynash, “Russia puts Historian of the Soviet Terror on Trial”, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

6 June: Štěpán Černoušek, “He gathered evidence of Soviet atrocities, and found some Czech victims of those crimes. Now the inconvenient historian has been accused of child pornography”, (Czech), via Memorial Ceska republika

3 June: Tatiana Kosinova, “Terror in the Life of Yuri Dmitriev”,
The Russian Reader (R source: — Long Read *


11 May: Anna Yarovaya, “The Yuri Dmitriev Affair”,
The Independent Barents Observer
 (R Source: 7×7 – Horizontal Russia) — Long Read*

27 April: Elizaveta Mayetnaya, “The case of Yury Dmitriev: ‘He always expected an attack’,” Radio Svoboda (re-posted by Rights in Russia)


15 March: Halya Coynash, “Russian historian of the Terror, jailed after Soviet-style denunciation, faces new charges”, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

23 February: [Sergei Krivenko], “Human Rights Council is monitoring the prosecution of Dmitriev”, Rights in Russia (R Source:

30 January: Nicolas Werth, “The historian Yury Dmitriev must be freed from prison”, Libération (Il faut sortir de prison l’historien Dmitriev — French)


30 December: Halya Coynash, “Russian historian of Soviet terror arrested on chillingly cynical charges”, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group