A press conference to mark the unveiling of the vast Wall of Sorrow on Sakharov Avenue in Moscow this coming Monday, 30 October, ended with a statement about the Dmitriev case.
Not one of Russia’s nationwide TV channels mentioned that statement in its coverage of the event, reports today’s Novaya gazeta
Sculptor of the monument
“to the Victims of Political Repression”
(to be opened in Moscow on 30 October 2017)
“In my view, what has happened is appalling, it’s tragic. A man has devoted a part of his life, most of his life, to a cause few would be able to serve. There are few people who could subject themselves, subject their soul to such an activity. He has done a great deal for all of us — so that not one of us will forget; so that each one of us knows and remembers; so that it may never happen again.
On 20 June, appeals in support of Yury Dmitriev were broadcast by writer Dmitry Bykov and musician Boris Grebenshchikov on the Echo Moskvy radio station. On its website the radio station also published a list of several hundred people who have signed a petition in support of the historian.