Historian and head of the Karelian branch of the Memorial society, Yuri Dmitriev, was transferred to a strict regime colony IK-18 in the village of Potma in Mordovia, Interfax reports on Tuesday, May 10, citing lawyer Viktor Anufriev.
The Russian historian and head of the Karelian “Memorial” Yuri Dmitriev is known as the compiler and publisher of the Books of Memory of the Victims of Political Repressions of the 1930-1940s in Karelia and materials on the history of the construction of the White Sea Canal. In addition, he discovered mass graves of victims of repression in Sandarmokh and Krasny Bor in the region.
The criminal prosecution of Dmitriev has been going on since 2016
The first criminal case against Dmitriev was opened in 2016 on suspicion of making pornographic images of his adopted daughter. According to the prosecution, Dmitriev photographed the girl in the nude from 2008 to 2015. The historian explained that he kept a “health diary” of his daughter, taking pictures of her once a month to monitor her physical development, and when the girl grew older, he stopped taking pictures.
The court acquitted the historian, but in 2018 a new case was opened against him. On July 22, 2020, the Petrozavodsk court sentenced Dmitriev to 3.5 years in a strict regime colony on charges of sexual abuse of a minor. In September 2020, the Supreme Court of Karelia toughened the sentence and appointed Dmitriev 13 years in a strict regime colony.
Dmitriev was also accused of producing child pornography, indecent acts and illegal possession of weapons. On December 27, 2021, the Petrozavodsk City Court delivered a final sentence to 65-year-old Dmitriev – 15 years in a strict regime colony given the pre-determined deadline.
The historian does not admit his guilt
Dmitriev pleaded not guilty. On March 15, 2022, the Supreme Court of Karelia rejected his appeal. March 29 Dmitriev’s lawyer informedthat the historian will be transferred from the pre-trial detention center of Petrozavodsk to a colony in the Karelian village of Nadvoitsy. On the same day he was transferred,reported publication karelia.news.
Dmitriev’s supporters argued that the persecution of the historian was connected with his human rights activities and work to restore the memory of the repressed. Release of Dmitriev demanded European Union, as well scientists and artists from different countries.