International Memorial Society on the recent detention of historian Yury Dmitriev

posted 20 Dec 2016, 08:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Dec 2016, 08:19 ]
16 December 2016


Pictured: Yury Dmitriev

To: Prosecutor of the Republic of Karelia 

Dear Mr Prosecutor,

On 13 December the local historian and public figure Yury Dmitriev was detained in Petrozavodsk.

We have known Yury Alekseevich Dmitriev for many years as a researcher into the history of political repression in Karelia, as author of the book Lists of Remembrance of Karelia, as the person who discovered a number of places of burial of victims of political repression, and as one of the first people to locate the largest burial site of this kind, Sandormokh Memorial Cemetery, which has received national and international recognition and has been designated by the government of Karelia as a historical and cultural monument. It is not every institution that is capable of doing the work that Yury Dmitrev has done virtually single-handed. Thousands of people who live in Russia and in the countries of the former Soviet Union are grateful to him for the evidence he found of the circumstances of the deaths of their relatives and loved ones.

We believe that the charges brought against him are utterly implausible.

We ask you to personally take control of this investigation.

Arseny Roginsky, chair of the board
On behalf of the board of International Memorial Society