In the Petrozavodsk city court, the historian Yuri Dmitriev, accused of producing pornography, had his last say and announced his innocence, as reported by "7x7" journalist on March 27.
The meeting is held in camera since Yuri Dmitriev's underage daughter is involved. In the court corridor, there was a large number of friends, acquaintances and journalists waiting for the historian.
After the hearing, the historian and his legal representative Viktor Anufriev hold a press conference.
According to the lawyer, the information is spread that his client allegedly undermined the mental health of his adopted daughter, so she became afraid of him. Dmitriev showed the court a convincing argument that was a letter from his daughter, where, on the reverse side, it was written “I love you” in colour.
"This is the result of the process. This is important", says Anufriev. "In my defence speech, I told the court that the most affected party was neither justice nor Yuri Alekseyevich [Dmitriev], but this girl, who was torn from her habitual environment, from the family, was torn from the person who became her nearest, who became her dad. They neglected the interests of the child in the sense that it was a doctor who ordered to put the girl in hospital in January, but no one put her there, she was taken away from Petrozavodsk. No matter who and how tried to influence the girl that her father was bad, she wrote such a letter".
The judge Marina Nosova retired to write the verdict, she is about to pass the sentence on April 3, 2018.
On March 20 the prosecutor Elena Askerova asked for nine years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony for Dmitriev.The counsel Viktor Anufriev on March 22 called the Dmitriev’s case a “humiliation of the historian's daughter”. On March 25 and 26, a series of one-person pickets in support of Yuri Dmitriev took place in Petrozavodsk.
On March 20 the prosecutor Elena Askerova asked nine years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony for Dmitriev.The counsel Viktor Anufriev on March 22 called the Dmitriev case a “humiliation of the historian's daughter”. On March 25 and 26, a series of one-person pickets in support of Yuri Dmitriev took place in Petrozavodsk.
The head of the Karelian branch of the Memorial Society Yuri Dmitriev was detained on December 13, 2016. For more than a year he was kept in jail charged of producing pornography. According to investigators, Dmitriev photographed his adopted daughter naked. The defence of the historian claims that the pictures were taken for the girl's health diary, which Dmitriev kept for the guardianship authorities because the daughter was too thin. The same point of view is shared by the experts.
The court appointed two photographs expertises from Dmitriev's case. The second expertise showed that there were no signs of pornography. On January 22, the Serbsky Institute completed the psychiatric examination of Dmitriev, specially for that he was transferred to Moscow. On February 27, the court announced the results of the examination, and Yuri Dmitriev was proved healthy.
The trial in Petrozavodsk started on June 1, 2017. The case is heard in camera, so no visitors or journalists can attend the meeting. In addition to producing pornographic materials involving minors, Dmitriev is accused of committing crimes under articles 135 of the Russian Criminal Code (“Committing indecent assaults in a non-violent way”) and 222 (“Illegal possession of firearms”).
On January 27, 2018 Yury Dmitriev left the remand centre by court order, now the historian is in community detention. In his first interview after the release, Dmitriev described his life in cell and plans to finish the book.
More about Dmitriev's case can be found in Russian version of “7x7” at the link.
Sergey Markelov, photos by Igor Podgorny, «7х7»