russia stalin prison term for researcher: Russia extends prison term for researcher of Stalin purges

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A Russian court on Monday increased the prison sentence of an activist investigating Stalin’s repression to 15 years. Yuri Dmitriev (65) was in the news after uncovering the mass graves of those killed in Stalin’s repression. He was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter.

This was dismissed by human rights activists as fabricated and politically motivated allegations. Dmitriev was accused of child pornography, obscene acts and possession of illegal weapons. He was acquitted in 2016 but the case against him was reopened a few months later.

In July 2020, he was convicted by the court for sexually assaulting his daughter and sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment, which was increased to 13 years after several months. He has spent five years in prison.

On Monday, the Petrozavodsk court once again increased the prison sentence to 15 years. However, Dmitry’s lawyers plan to appeal against this decision of the court.


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