The European Union condemned the Russian court's sentence to investigator Yuri Dmitriev (3.5 years in prison) and called for his immediate release.
This is what the EU representative said in a statement posted on the website of the European External Action Service.
The document notes that the accusations leveled against Yuri Dmitriev, chairman of the Karelian branch of the Moscow human rights group Memorial, appear politically motivated due to his human rights work and investigations into political repression of the Soviet period.
The EU has called on the Russian authorities to immediately release Dmitriev, given his age and health, and given the coronavirus pandemic.
On July 22, a Russian researcher who discovered the site of mass executions in the Sandarmokh tract, Yuri Dmitriev, was preliminarily sentenced to 3 years and 6 months in a strict regime colony for allegedly forcibly pursuing his underage adopted daughter. At the same time, Dmitriev was acquitted under articles on making pornography and possession of weapons.
Dmitriev was detained in December 2016 due to an anonymous appeal to law enforcement officers. Investigators then stated that the 62-year-old historian had photographed nude his 11-year-old stepdaughter from 2008 to 2015. The Russian court sentenced researcher Yuri Dmitriev
EU calls on Russian authorities to immediately release Dmitriev