Marking the annual Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression, the official Karelia strove not to mention the name of Yury Dmitriev, one of the pioneers in locating and investigating such sites of mass burial.
On June 15, during the live call-in with Vladimir Putin, oncology patient Darya Starikova complained to Vladimir Putin about the absence of doctors of narrow specialization and the unfinished polyclinic in Apatity, the town in the Kola Peninsula. The call set regional health authorities in motion.
The 61-year old researcher has spent nearly the last three months in Pretrial Detention Facility No. 1 in Petrozavodsk. During this time, solo pickets supporting Dmitriev have been held on the streets of the Karelian capital, his case has been discussed at a traveling session of the Presidential Human Rights Council, and the republic got a new governor.