“An outrageous decision”

The appeal hearings at the High Court of Karelia on 16, 22 and 29 September took place in the absence of Victor Anufriev who has been DMITRIEV’S defence attorney since 2016 (he is self-isolating because of Covid-19).

In a telephone interview, Anufriev told Zoya Svetova that he had been in constant touch with the attorney [Artyom Cherkasov] appointed to represent Dmitriev after the court refused his client’s lawful demand to postpone the proceedings until Anufriev was able to attend.

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“200 indecent questions”

In summer 2018 further charges of forced sexual acts against his daughter Natasha were brought against Dmitriev. These accusations are based on new testimony by Natasha and her grandmother, neither of whom testified against Dmitriev during the first trial.

After the second trial began, Yury Dmitriev’s lawyer, Victor Anufriev, was interviewed by Alexander Valiyev of the Russian Service of Radio France Internationale.

Victor Anufriev

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Press conference, 6 June 2017

Soon after DMITRIEV’s first trial began there was a press conference of his supporters in Moscow. Those speaking and answering journalists’ questions were:

Olga Kerzina — director of the Moscow International Film School, godmother of Dmitriev’s foster daughter Natasha — 6 minutes

Anatoly Razumov — head of “Their Names Restored“, a centre at the National Library in St Petersburg gathering Books of Remembrance from all over Russia about the victims of Stalinism, the Leningrad Blockade, and the Second World War — 18 minutes

Katerina Klodt — from Petrozavodsk, Karelia. Dmitriev’s daughter by his first marriage — 4 minutes

Victor Anufriev — Dmitriev’s defence attorney, from late 2016 until the present — 30 minutes

Sergei Krivenko — International Memorial Society and at that time a member of the Russian President’s consultative Council on Human Rights.

See also July 2020 press conference

held online the press conference was addressed by Natalya Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Sokurov, Anatoly Razumov and Victor Anufriev among others

“A photo of a naked child is not pornography”

7×7 interview with Victor Anufriev

Yury DMITRIEV, head of Memorial in Karelia, is to remain in custody. On 29 December, the High Court of Karelia heard an appeal for a change in the measure of restraint imposed on the historian until mid-February 2017. He was arrested for allegedly preparing child pornography. The investigation claims that he took pictures of his naked foster daughter. Dmitriev declares he is innocent of the charge.

Dmitriev’s defence attorney says that the photographs were intended for the Agency for Guardianship and Foster Care. The photos he took over several years monitored the physical condition of his foster daughter. Now these materials form the basis for a criminal case. In the corridor of the High Court, Moscow attorney Victor Anufriev offered his commentary to the press.

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