Mark Eliot Nuckols
Articles by Mark Eliot Nuckols

Speak, Memory: The Case of Yuri Dmitriev, Part II

Historian Yuri Dmitriev’s initial arrest came on December 13, 2016. It was the beginning of a nightmare involving months of pre-trial detention, two psychological examinations, and finally an acquittal – followed by a renewal of the original indictment.

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Speak, Memory: The Case of Yuri Dmitriev, Part I

Dmitriev spent a good part of the 1990s in FSB archives examining case files on purge victims. After finding gaps in the lists, he asked for protocols from NKVD “troikas” – special three-person tribunals created to act as judge and jury in rigged trials. Those documents contained confirmation that death sentences had been carried out. But Dmitriev wasn’t allowed to copy or photograph them. So he would spend all day in the archives, reciting the information into a dictaphone.

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