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John Crowfoot: Who is Yury Dmitriev - and why does he face 15 years' imprisonment?

posted 19 Jun 2017, 07:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 22:57 ]
19 June 2017 

By John Crowfoot

Photo of Yury Dmitriev

The trial of historian YURY DMITRIEV began on 1 June. The hearings in Petrozavodsk, suggests journalist Maria Eismont, is "the most important thing happening in Russia today".

Because the charges are sensitive, and concern a minor, not everyone can attend. Journalists can gain access to the courtroom; and perhaps, behind the scenes, diplomats (and not just from Poland and Ukraine?) have been talking about the case to the Russian authorities. [Read more]

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