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

New experts

The new experts in the Dmitriev case come from a private firm without office or staff. On 15 September the Petrozavodsk City Court scheduled a new examination of the photographs in the Dmitriev case. The Karelian historian is accused of making pornography and sexually abusing his adopted daughter Natasha.
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