High Court upholds 15-year sentence, March 2022
As soon as sentence was passed in December 2021 at Yury DMITRIEV’s third trial, his lawyers submitted an appeal against the verdict.
Yury Dmitriev in the courthouse corridor, 2022
Unlike the previous two trials, the court was openly prejudiced against the accused and would accept no petitions from the defence. Victor Anufriev, Dmitriev’s defence attorney since December 2016, objected on grounds of elementary disregard for court procedure.
The High Court of Karelia began its hearing on 9 March 2022, during the fighting in Ukraine and unprecedented protests (and arrests) in Russia. As Valery Potashov reports on the Dmitriev supporters Facebook page, the court has just turned down the application to overturn the swingeing 15-year sentence imposed in late December last year. Perhaps, as before, further appeals will take the case higher up the judicial ladder, to the Cassation Court in Petersburg and the Supreme Court in Moscow. Dmitriev’s attorneys have not yet commented on yesterday’s ruling (and will only receive the written justification for the court’s ruling in some days time).
For the time being the 66-year-old DMITRIEV remains in Karelia’s detention centre No 1 in Petrozavodsk where he can be visited by his attorney and his daughter Katya. How much longer no one knows.
Dmitriev appeal hearing set for Wednesday, 9 March 2022
A hearing of the appeal against Yury DMITRIEV’s conviction in late December last year has been scheduled for 9 March 2022 at the High Court of Karelia.
Curiously, the old link to the case on the Court’s website no longer works. Instead, you must search for it anew and can only find it by tracking the case number.
In the past the details were concealed. They then become partially accessible: now it has been decided to conceal them again.
“Dmitriev Affair” page, Facebook,
18 February 2022
“A message to my supporters!” Dmitriev in the Petrozavodsk courthouse, 28 December 2021
This portrait of Yury DMITRIEV was recently produced by the artist Boris Zhutovsky.
DMITRIEV has been in custody since December 2016, with only a brief period of liberty from January to June 2018 when he was allowed to live at home but not to leave Petrozavodsk.
The portrait was evidently created from photos of the researcher since DMITRIEV was little known in the rest of Russia before his first trial from June 2017 to April 2018.
Sixty-six on 28 January 2022
Yury DMITRIEV will mark his 66th birthday at Karelia’s Detention Centre No 1 in Petrozavodsk on Friday, 28 January this year.
Yury DMITRIEV, b. 1956
(his daughter Katya can be seen behind him)
Photo from Inside Story, 13 January 2022
“Ο φύλακας της ρωσικής μνήμης που ζει σε σωφρονιστική αποικία”