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Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia hold discussion of trial of historian Yury Dmitriev [excerpt]

posted 20 Dec 2017, 13:25 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Dec 2017, 09:52 ]

The Trial of Yury Dmitriev

On 19 December 2017 Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia held a joint event to discuss the trial of Yury Dmitriev, a Gulag researcher, who has been locating and exhuming the mass graves of Stalin's victims since 1980s. He was arrested on 13th December 2016 and remanded in custody on trumped-up charges. His trial started in June 2017 and is still going on. The Dmitriev affair was discussed by lawyers and human rights activists. The event was chaired by John Crowfoot, researcher and translator and a trustee of Rights in Russia, who has created the site, and speakers included Dr. Andrea Gullotta of Glasgow University, a historian and specialist on the Solovki Special Purpose Camp, who met and talked to Yury Dmitriev during his research trips to Karelia and the White Sea, and Bill Bowring, a practicing barrister and Professor of Law at Birkbeck College. 

Video by Sarah Hurst