Prosecutor wants Dmitriev locked up in a madhouse

After the court-appointed assessment did not find child pornography in any of the photographs in the Dmitriev case, the prosecution, represented by YELENA ASKEROVA, Petrozavodsk city prosecutor, petitioned for a new assessment to be made of the photos of YURY DMITRIEV’s foster daughter.

Furthermore, Ms Askerova once again recommended that the court approach a private firm, not a State expert organisation.

She did not stop there, however.  Continue reading

Prosecution turns to punitive psychiatry as trial collapses

A second expert assessment has effectively overturned the entire case against YURY DMITRIEV, renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial (writes Halya Coynash).

There is no immediate sign that this judicial travesty is ending, with the prosecutor immediately demanding yet another assessment of the photos which experts found no pornographic content in, and that Dmitriev be placed for ‘tests’ in a psychiatric institution.  The court agreed to both, however did reject the prosecutor’s application for a further three months in detention.  Whether Dmitriev will be released on 28 January 2018, his 62nd birthday, remains to be seen, given the clear attempts underway to save the prosecution.  Continue reading

Dmitriev to be released on 28 January 2018

The historian and head of the Memorial Society in Karelia, YURY DMITRIEV, will be released from the Detention Centre in Petrozavodsk on Sunday, 28 January 2018, after spending more than a year there, remanded in custody.

On Wednesday, 27 December 2017, the Petrozavodsk City Court decided to change the measure of restraint from detention in custody to the detainee’s agreement not to leave the country, his defence attorney VICTOR ANUFRIEV told 7×7.

Meanwhile, the Petrozavodsk prosecutor’s office has petitioned for a third assessment to be made of the photographs taken of Dmitriev’s adopted daughter. The historian will be subjected to an in-patient psychiatric examination. Both the new assessment of the photographs and the psychiatric examination of Yury Dmitriev will take place in Moscow, as defence attorney Anufriev has insisted, at the Serbsky Research Institute.

7×7 – Horizontal Russia
27 December 2017

Photos not pornographic, say new forensic experts

A new assessment of the photographs of YURY DMITRIEV’s adopted daughter was scheduled by the court: the photos constitute the main evidence against the head of the Memorial Society in Karelia. Yesterday, during the interval in the proceedings at this famous case, Dmitriev’s defence attorney VICTOR ANUFRIEV announced to waiting journalists that the new forensic experts had found no element of pornography in the photos.  Continue reading