The head of the Karelian “Memorial” (included in the register of foreign agents), historian Yuri Dmitriev, previously sentenced to 13 years in prison under an article on sexual assault, has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. This is stated on the website of the human rights center.
Lawyers point out that in the Dmitriev case, four articles of the international Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms are violated: articles 6 (right to a fair trial), article 7 (punishment solely on the basis of the law), article 8 (right to respect for private and family life ) separately and in conjunction with Article 18 (Limits of Use of Restrictions on Rights).
The complaint contains a number of court actions that violate Dmitriev’s rights.
For example, at the meetings, the historian was deprived of practical and effective legal assistance in court. Also, according to the complaint, Dmitriev could not effectively participate in the appeal hearing due to hearing problems. He informed the court about this problem and requested a personal presence in the courtroom, but the court dismissed the request, and the judges reacted negatively to requests to repeat what he said. Dmitriev heard 40% of what was happening in the conference room.
The complaint also states that the persecution of Dmitriev was politically motivated.
Recall that historian Yuri Dmitriev has been persecuted since 2016. The investigation insisted that from 2008 to 2015, he photographed his underage daughter in the nude and, using these pictures, allegedly produced pornographic materials. He himself claimed that he took pictures of his daughter once a month to observe her physical development (this was done on the advice of pediatricians, they confirmed this in court), and after the girl grew up, he stopped photographing her.
In March 2017, he was charged with illegal possession of firearms.
In 2018, Dmitriev was acquitted in the case initiated due to the photographs of his daughter, and under the article on possession of weapons, he was sentenced to 2.5 years of restriction of freedom. A few months later, the acquittal was canceled.
Later, Dmitriev was arrested in a new criminal case – about violent acts of a sexual nature. Dmitriev was accused of touching his daughter’s crotch several times. The historian himself explained these actions by the fact that he checked the dryness of the child’s linen, because his daughter was ill with enuresis. In this case, Dmitriev was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, but later the Supreme Court increased the sentence to 13 years in a maximum security colony.
According to human rights activists, the case against Dmitriev is falsified, and the persecution is groundless.