Halya Coynash: Russia turns to punitive psychiatry as its trial of jailed historian of the Terror collapses

posted 28 Dec 2017, 11:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Dec 2017, 11:50 ]
28 December 2017

By Halya Coynash

A second expert assessment has effectively overturned the entire case against Yury Dmitriev, renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial. 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 also 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 January 28, his 62nd birthday, remains to be seen, given the clear attempts underway to save the prosecution. [Read more]

Photo of Yury Dmitriev in custody by Valery Potashov