A verdict this spring?

YURY DMITRIEV’s first trial ended in April 2018 with his acquittal on the two most serious charges. The judge at the Petrozavodsk City Court concluded that the photographs Dmitriev had taken of his adopted daughter Natasha were not pornographic and that he had not committed indecent acts with her. However, the Karelian Supreme Court overruled the verdict and returned to the case for re-examination.

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.

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Victor Anufriev

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

During the first investigation and trial no evidence of the performance of indecent acts could be found. How could they suddenly bring charges of sexual violence at the second trial?

Yury Dmitriev’s acquittal was totally unexpected for the siloviki [high-ranking FSB and Ministry of Internal Affairs officers, etc]. Such a thing should not have happened, but it did. In Russia, such cases are judged in the courts and lead to a conviction without the slightest hitch. The city prosecutor supported the accusations and signed the charge sheet and that was already a signal to the judge that everything was in order and that the accused was “good to go”.

Unexpectedly, the judge ruled in accordance with the law and with justice. This was because during the course of the trial (which lasted a long while [from June 2017 to April 2018]), we, the defence, presented a great deal of evidence to wholly refute the evidence of the prosecution.

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City prosecutor to appeal against Dmitriev acquittal

A formal appeal was received today by the Petrozavodsk City Court from Yelena Askerova, the city prosecutor. She acted for the prosecution at the trial of YURY DMITRIEV, who was accused of preparing child pornography and the unlawful possession of a firearm. Our website received this information from the court.

Dmitriev, the head of Memorial in Karelia, was found not guilty of the main charges. He was sentenced to 2½ years restricted liberty after being convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Taking into account the months he had already spent in custody, the historian was faced with only three more months to serve. During that period, he must report to the prison every fortnight.

Georgy Chentemirov
Petrozavodsk Calling
13 April 2018

Accusations of child sexual abuse

As the Dmitriev trial got under way this summer, journalist Maria Eismont concluded an article about the case (“Dmitriev should be a State-Prize nominee“, 6 June 2017) with the following words:

“There is another important thing about the Dmitriev case: the charge his persecutors chose for him. He was not charged with ‘extremism’ or ‘separatism’, which have been commonplace in politically-motivated cases, but with child pornography and depraved actions towards a minor. Continue reading

The charges

Between 1 June 2017 and 5 April 2018, YURY DMITRIEV was on trial in Petrozavodsk charged under Article 242.2 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (“Use of a minor for the purposes of preparing pornography”) and Article 135 (“Perverted acts without the use of force against a minor”). For further details of these laws and the penalties they carry, see below.

The charges relate to photographs Dmitriev took of his foster daughter Natasha, in a naked state, between the ages of three and seven. He denied the charges. See Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse in Russia. (Later, Dmitriev was additionally charged, under Article 226 with “Stealing or Possession of Arms, Ammunition” etc.)

After his renewed arrest in June 2018, DMITRIEV  was charged additionally under Article 135, Part 4, see below. This is also the charge recently brought against 66-year-old Sergei KOLTYRIN, director of the Medvezhyegorsk district museum.

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“An almost comical document” [R]

В Петрозаводском горсуде 22 июня продолжился судебный процесс над известным историком, общественником Юрием Дмитриевым, которого обвиняют в изготовлении порнографии с изображением его приемной дочери. В суде выступили свидетели со стороны защиты, а также приглашенный эксперт-сексолог Лев Щеглов.

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