Do not support their hypocrisy!

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.

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British academics express concern

BASEES Statement
The Trial of Yury Dmitriev

Yury Dmitriev is an exceptional scholar of Stalinist repression, and his pioneering methods of locating and identifying the graves of victims have helped him to make a substantial contribution to that important field of historical research. He is a senior member of ‘Memorial’.

Yury was arrested in December last year, and is on trial in the Republic of Karelia (Russian Federation) on serious charges not related to his research. The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) has no wish to pre-empt legal process, but it notes that Memorial, and international human rights organisations have raised grave concerns about the methods used in the investigation by law-enforcement agencies in the Republic of Karelia and the conduct of the trial which is taking place in closed session. Yury Dmitriev has been held on remand and denied bail and his legal team have serious questions about the nature of the prosecution’s evidence that have not been answered. Continue reading