Every year, on 29 October, thousands of people gather near the Solovetsky Stone in Moscow to read out the names of those who were shot during Stalin’s reign of terror. “We call on our readers to join them this Sunday on Lubyanka Square,” writes the online Meduza website.
“From 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday, 29 October, we shall be reading out the names of the victims of political repression here in Moscow,” announces an item on the Restoring the Names page on Facebook. “The Memorial Society has organised this event for ten years, ever since 2007. One after another, people will get up and read from the list. Yet thus far we have barely read half of the names of the 40,000 people executed in and around Moscow during the pre-war period.”
On 13 December 2016, Yuri Dmitriev, historian, GULAG scholar, and chairman of the Karelian Memorial Society, was arrested in Petrozavodsk on the basis of an anonymous denunciation. He spent five months in detention before his case went to court on 1 June 2017. Continue reading
The director of St Petersburg Memorial, explaining at Sandarmokh why it is not difficult to organise the annual Day of Remembrance there:
The trial of Yury Dmitriev, head of the Karelian branch of the Memorial Society, is currently taking place in Petrozavodsk. He is 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”). The charges relate to photographs Dmitriev took of his adopted daughter, in a naked state, between the ages of three and seven. Dmitriev, a 61-year-old pensioner, has been held in a pre-trial detention centre for more than seven months. He denies the charges. Continue reading
90 minute video compiled by the Memorial Society
“Over the years of his work Yury Dmitriev became not only a splendid field researcher. He also became unique and unsurpassed as a kind of harvester of archives,” Alexander Daniel (Memorial). Continue reading
In February SERGEI KRIVENKO travelled to Karelia, as a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, to monitor the case of YURY DMITRIEV. In early June he talked to ZOYA SVETOVA.
International Memorial Society
Karetny Ryad, 5/10
Prosecutor of the Republic of Karelia
185910 Republic of Karelia
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