In July 2017 Deliya Meylanova contacted her Member of Parliament, Catherine West, about the trial of Yury Dmitirev. In turn Catherine West (Labour) wrote to SIR ALAN DUNCAN, a Conservative MP at the Foreign Office. On 13 September, Duncan sent his fellow MP a reply:
“Eighty years on, the victims of the Stalinist terror have still not been found. Yury Dmitriev has spent thirty years of his life seaching for them. Now he himself is behind bars,” writes Steven Derix in the Dutch NRC Handelsblad (3 Friday), online edition.
It is immoral to support the hypocrisy of the Russian authorities
An appeal by former political prisoners
concerning today’s opening of a monument in Moscow
As former political prisoners and participants in the Democratic Movement in the Soviet Union, we consider the opening in Moscow of a monument to the “victims of political repression” to be untimely and hypocritical. A monument is a tribute to the past, yet acts of political repression in Russia not only continue – they are increasing.
In sponsoring the opening of the monument, the present Russian regime is pretending that acts of political repression are a thing of the distant past: the victims of such political repression, therefore, may be commemorated. We believe that today’s political prisoners in Russia are no less deserving of our help and attention than the respect and remembrance we owe to the victims of the Soviet regime.
Veteran dissident and bard
The Times Literary Supplement (London)
The Trial of Yury Dmitriev
Sir, — Daniel Beer’s review of two books about Stalin’s terror (21 July) rightly concludes with a case that has become, to the discomfort of the authorities, a cause célèbre in Putin’s Russia.