photo Darya Poryadinova, SOTA TV
This is where Yury DMITRIEV has been held, apart from outings to the courthouse, since June 2018.
During his first trial the measure of restraint was eased during the last six months from custody at Detention Centre 1 to an agreement not to leave Petrozavodsk. If he is convicted next week and the prosecution gets its way it will be a long while before DMITRIEV is a free man again.
Over the past five years Yury DMITRIEV has become known far beyond his native Karelia, throughout Russia and around the world.
He has received prizes since his first arrest in December 2016, from the Moscow Helsinki Group and most recently the Norwegian Sakharov Award. His work was recognised earlier by awards in Russia (2005), Poland (2015) and in Karelia itself (2016), where the head of the republic Hudolainen gave him its highest award.
Dmitriev with his foster daughter Natasha, b. 2005 (photo Novaya gazeta)
The exclamation quoted in the title of this post refers not to Dmitriev’s work on the Karelian Book of Remembrance, however, or to his discovery of Sandarmokh and Krasny Bor and their transformation into memorials, but to the crimes of which he has been accused.
A British acquaintance with good Russian and a direct knowledge and experience of children’s homes in Russia was indignant when she heard of his case. He had rescued and restored to health a neglected little girl, just as he himself had been rescued in childhood from a similar fate: “They should give him a medal, not put him in prison!” she exclaimed.
He deserves a medal for what he’s done 
In a post today on Facebook Katerina Klodt writes that she visited Yury DMITRIEV yesterday at Karelia’s detention centre No. 1 in Petrozavodsk and says he’s feeling better:
“As always, he isn’t used to complaining. Sends his best to everyone and says not to lose heart,” she writes, adding “we had a very good conversation.”
Saturday, 6 February 2021
Despite a daytime temperature of minus 16 degrees Centigrade, Vladimir Malegin went and stood at the University bus stop on Student Boulevard in Petrozavodsk, a solitary picket in support of Yury DMITRIEV.
Malegin’s placard reads: “Freedom for the political prisoner Dmitriev!”
Someone sitting in a vehicle parked by the main building of Petrozavodsk University saw Malegin and started making a call, evidently, to his superiors. A few minutes later the police arrived. A policeman talked to Malegin, heard him out and left.
Posted on Facebook by Andriy Litvin