Trial halted?

At the third attempt the appeal made by Yury DMITRIEV and his defence attorney Victor Anufriev against the September 2020 decision of Karelia’s Supreme Court has been accepted by the Petrozavodsk City Court. The case materials and the various verdicts will now be forwarded to the Third Cassation Court in St Petersburg.

Before the first hearing in the third trial last month, Memorial lawyer Marina Agaltsova explained the potential significance of this judicial event.

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“An outrageous decision”

The appeal hearings at the Supreme 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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“I’ve not given up, I’m not dispirited, we’ll keep on fighting!”

On 29 September, the day of the new sentence, DMITRIEV sent the following letter from the detention centre to photojournalist Victoria Ivleva:

Hi there, Vika!

They gave me 13 [years] for [Article] 132, just as the prosecutor wanted, and set a new trial under a new judge for the charges of which I was acquitted …

As I understand it, we’ll keep on fighting. …

The “new” pornographic assessment found that all nine photos are pornographic. By what criteria I have no idea. Neither I nor the court-appointed “defence attorney” has seen the ruling.

It’s a total travesty of justice at the Supreme Court of Karelia, in my view. …

Pass on my greetings to everyone.  I’ve not given up, I’m not dispirited, I’m ready to keep on fighting.

How is Katya taking it?

29 September 2020

Yury Dmitriev (Hottabych),
Detention Centre 1, Petrozavodsk

Novaya gazeta,
Wednesday, 2 October 2020

Can Dmitriev get a fair hearing in Karelia?

Today the Supreme Court of Karelia began its third hearing of the appeals made by Defence and Prosecution following the 22 July verdict in the trial of Yury DMITRIEV. [Previous hearings were held on 16 and 22 September.] At this hearing experts appointed by the court will present a new analysis of the photographs in the case.

It is unusual for a court of the second instance to take so long over its deliberations. More often it reaches a decision after a single sitting.

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Another look at those nine photographs?

At the Supreme Court hearing on 22 September in Petrozavodsk, Judge Alla Rats requested another expert assessment of the photographs on Yury DMITRIEV’s home computer that formed the pretext for his arrest on 13 December 2016.

From Nikita Girin’s two detailed articles this July in Novaya gazeta we have learned which among the 140 plus photographs taken of his foster daughter between 2008 and 2015 were selected to support a charge of child pornography against the historian, and why.

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