Supporters say Yury Dmitriyev wrongly convicted of sexual abuse after finding Stalin-era mass graves

A Russian court has controversially convicted a respected gulag historian of sexual abuse of his adopted daughter, but handed down a sentence that should see him freed in the autumn – even though under the charges he could have been sent to a penal camp for 15 years.

Supporters of Yury Dmitriyev, the local head of a prominent rights group, Memorial, in Karelia in north-western Russia, said he was being punished for his work digging into Stalin-era massacres.

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