Russian media are continuing their smear campaign against Yury Dmitriyev, a GULAG historian recently sentenced to 3,5 years of prison on a fabricated case against him.
The trial has caused an uproar within the human rights protection groups both in Russia and the world and the experts believe charges were brought against Dmitriyev because of his research into a side of history that complicates the Kremlin’s glorification of the Soviet past.
Amongst other findings, the historian unearthed Sandarmokh – the biggest site of executions in 1937-38 on Karelian territory – where 1111 political prisoners were shot just in the fall on 1937.
Moreover, Memorial – a Moscow-based human rights group – where Dmitriev is head of the Karelian branch, has been a target of persecution from Kremlin for several years under their “foreign agent legislation”.
More information on this case can be found here: ‘Hybrid History’: Gulag Historian’s Conviction Denounced As Escalation Of Russia’s War With Its Past.