Stalinism-researchers: historians Dmitriev sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment in a camp

It is rare for Karelia, a North-Western Russian Republic on the border to Finland with a lot of forest and water, in the center of the Russian policy. Notorious

Stalinism-researchers: historians Dmitriev sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment in a camp

It is rare for Karelia, a North-Western Russian Republic on the border to Finland with a lot of forest and water, in the center of the Russian policy. Notoriously, the legacy of the Soviet GULag and Stalin's state terror, and for three and a half years the actions of the judiciary against the historian Yuri Dmitriev, the focuses attention on of Karelia, also in a foreign country is associated, particularly in Russia, where many writers, historians and many other people use for Dmitriev, with the Region.

Friedrich Schmidt

Political correspondent for Russia and the CIS in Moscow.

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Also on Wednesday, around 200 of his supporters came back in front of the court buildings in the Republic's capital Petrozavodsk, where a new judgment against him was announced. The case has a signal effect, it is a question of how Russia comes under President Vladimir Putin, and the powerful secret service, the Putin, civil society history reconnaissance, incarcerated and stigmatized.

Dmitriev is not an isolated case – but his case is especially horrible, because he is not the only victim. The drought, meanwhile, 64-year-old man belongs to the dying Generation of Russians who saw the end of the Soviet Union as an opportunity to explore the state of crime, and to atone. The brought Dmitriev to "Memorial", whose representatives in Karelia, he was. The organization is being harassed because of their education about Stalin's Terror and current human rights violations in Russia long ago as a "foreign Agent".

Dmitriev has been discovered by shootings in the Karelian forests in several places of the mass, has awakened the memory of the victims of the in Russia is always "repression" referred to state terrorism, and kept awake. There can be no reasonable doubt that it is due to this commitment since the end of 2016, with short interruptions, pretrial detention is – and not because of an alleged sexual abuse of his adoptive daughter, he was now accused to a maximum of defamatory,.

Prosecutor demanded 15 years of imprisonment

On Wednesday afternoon, the court Dmitriev of this allegation, the language guilty; the prosecution had demanded 15 years in prison, the court sentenced Dmitriev to three and a half years of imprisonment in a camp. In consideration of the remand Dmitriev I'm free in November, said his lawyer. The Stigma of the conviction should remain. It is a judgment on re-submission, so to speak, the correction of a miracle.

As Dmitriev in front of three and a half years for the first time was arrested, were the allegations of "use of Minors for the production of pornography" and "vicious actions without violence turn" and, later, illegal possession of firearms was added. It was photos that had been made by the historian of his 2005-born adopted daughter, to guard against the possible authorities of the allegations, the thin and often sick child will be neglected.

Updated Date: 22 July 2020, 11:19

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