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

YURY DMITRIEV has been on trial since 1 June 2017, 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 about 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 denies the charges. Continue reading

“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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“A photo of a naked child is not pornography” (Victor Anufriev)

“Yury Dmitriev is a strong character and has withstood this ordeal with honour. I shall defend him in acordance with the law,” defence attorney VICTOR ANUFRIEV told 7×7 correspondent Alexander Gnetnev.

“Today I do not know whether his actions constitute a crime. He has a simple and rational explanation for what he did: at special courses he attended before adopting his daughter [in 2008] he was recommended to keep a photographic record so that the development of the child could be monitored.

“She came to him in a neglected physical condition. The photographs were stored in his private computer. He showed them to no one; he did not print them out; he did not send them to anyone else.”

(Translation in progress – full Russian text follows)

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To Prosecutor from Memorial

Memorial International

International Memorial Society
Karetny Ryad, 5/10
Moscow
127006

 

Prosecutor of the Republic of Karelia
185910 Republic of Karelia
Petrozavodsk
4, German Titov Street

 

16 December 2016

Dear Mr Prosecutor,

On 13 December the local historian and public figure Yury Dmitriev was detained in Petrozavodsk.

We have known Yury Alexeyevich Dmitriev for many years as a researcher into the history of political repression in Karelia, as author of the book Lists of Remembrance of Karelia, as the person who discovered a number of places of burial of victims of political repression, and as one of the first people to locate a major burial site of this kind, [what is now] the Sandormokh Memorial Cemetery, Continue reading