A verdict is due on Thursday, 5 April 2018, in the trial of YURY DMITRIEV, world-renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society.
Petrozavodsk City Courthouse (photo, Kerstin Kronvall)
The prosecution has demanded a 9-year sentence, despite even the expert assessments ordered by the court dismissing the charges. This deeply flawed case differs from many politically-motivated trials, however, in that the outcome is still not clear. A guilty verdict on Thursday afternoon will signal a new descent for Russia into its Soviet past.
Russia’s Serbsky Institute has rejected any grounds for the charges against YURY DMITRIEV, renowned historian and Head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society. Even an institute notorious for its use of punitive psychiatry in Soviet times was not willing to take part in the politically motivated attempt to imprison Dmitriev for up to 15 years and stated clearly that the historian “is not a paedophile”. The result comes after Dmitriev spent 13 months in detention on charges that aroused concern far beyond his native Karelia.
The Serbsky Institute in Moscow has completed its assessment of Yury Dmitriev and on 19 January 2018 he was transferred to the city’s Butyrka Prison, says his defence attorney Victor Anufriev.
The official results of the investigation of Dmitriev’s psychological, sexual and psychiatric condition are not known. His attorney says that the assessment has not yet been signed and it would be improper to draw any conclusions. Continue reading
YURY DMITRIEV is already at the Serbsky Centre in Moscow. Several people, including his son, have been quick to take him a food parcel there — good for him and his morale, and helpful in making friends inside.
What Victoria Ivleva took Dmitriev
Photojournalist Victoria Ivleva took a lemon, mandarins, butter, toilet paper, cigarettes, cheese, sugar, speck, biscuits, salami and sweets.
Some were worried that letters sent to Petrozavodsk or cards (one from Botswana in southern Africa!) would not now reach Yury Alexeyevich. His daughter Katerina Klodt put their minds at rest.
Yesterday, she went to Detention Centre No 1 in Petrozavodsk where her father spent the last year and was given a bag full of undelivered mail. When she got home, she promptly took a photo and posted it online …
On Thursday, 28 December 2017, YURY DMITRIEV was transferred to Moscow, under guard, to be assessed at the Serbsky Institute.
The report was confirmed that day by VICTOR ANUFRIEV, Dmitriev’s defence attorney. No one had informed the lawyer; he learned of the transfer on Thursday after it had happened. Dmitriev flew into Moscow under escort about 4.30 pm. Continue reading
A second expert assessment has effectively overturned the entire case against Yury Dmitriev, renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial.
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