A Russian court has rejected an appeal by historian of the GULAG Yury Dmitriev to cancel his 13-year prison term.

Having exhumed the mass graves of people killed during the Stalinist repressions of 1937-1938, also known as the Great Terror, for decades, Dmitriev is the head of the branch of the human rights group “Memorial” in the Republic of Karelia, situated in northwest Russia.

The public speeches delivered by Yury Dmitriev and his attempts to draw the international attention to the Sandormokh massacre became increasingly unremarkable to the establishment of the Kremlin as the Russian government shifted its emphasis on assessing the crimes of the Stalinism.

His personal political stance contrasts sharply with the official position of the Russian authorities. That is why a criminal case has been fabricated against the historian, according to international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

Dmitriev, 65, was due to be released in November 2020, after serving 3.5 years in prison on forgery charges, but a court in northwest Russia added 10 years to his sentence in September 2020.

The historian became a threat, and the Court of Cassation in St. Petersburg decided to reject Dmitriev’s appeal against both of his sentences delivered in July and September 2020.

Rewriting of history and concealment of crimes against humanity and humaneness by the Russian Federation continue…