The Russian state’s case against Yuri Dmitriev, historian of Stalinist repression, dissected

On 22 July the city court in Petrozavodsk, north-west Russia, sentenced Yuri Dmitriev – a historian of Stalin era repression, who works excavating the remains of political prisoners killed in local camps – to three-and-a-half years in a penal colony.

Dmitriev was found guilty of forced sexual activity with his underage adopted daughter, and cleared of charges of creating pornographic material, possession of weapons and indecent acts. He has always denied all these charges. Taking into account time served, Dmitriev is expected to be freed in November – although the prosecutor had called for a 15-year sentence.

Dmitriev, who was acquitted of similar offences at a previous trial, has won support internationally as a victim of political persecution.

People & Nature today publishes an article by Nikita Girin, examining the charges in detail, that first appeared in the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta on 13 July. It reflects the view of Russian human rights defenders and free speech advocates – that these charges were contrived, with a view to silencing Dmitriev’s authoritative, determined voice on Stalinist repression.

The article shines light on the brutal and cynical methods used by the state to protect its Stalinist predecessors from Russians determined to understand their own history. Please read and share.

2 Responses to The Russian state’s case against Yuri Dmitriev, historian of Stalinist repression, dissected

  1. Shudhanshu Shekhar Mishra says:

    Its hard for me to believe that a person who was kind of enough to give an orphan a life by adopting her can do such a thing. And russian governance can’t be trusted any time soon. The person looks as pure as it gets to me tbh.

  2. Shudhanshu Shekhar Mishra says:

    Your articles are very lengthy but very informative at the same time. Definitely one of the best out there. I’m looking forward to take some time out and read all of your articles one by one.

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