Russian historian Yury Dmitriyev, who heads rights group Memorial's branch in Karelia, speaks to the media outside a court building after the verdict in his child pornography trial on Thursday in the city of Petrozavodsk in northwestern Russia. A gulag historian who has exhumed Stalin-era mass graves, he was found not guilty of child pornography charges and released after a trial that supporters have denounced as a sham. Photo: AFP

Russian gulag historian and human rights head who criticised Stalin is acquitted of ‘sham’ child pornography charges 

Supporters said the case against Yury Dmitriyev was an attempt to muzzle the outspoken historian, who has called attention to Stalin-era mass graves

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Russian historian Yury Dmitriyev, who heads rights group Memorial's branch in Karelia, speaks to the media outside a court building after the verdict in his child pornography trial on Thursday in the city of Petrozavodsk in northwestern Russia. A gulag historian who has exhumed Stalin-era mass graves, he was found not guilty of child pornography charges and released after a trial that supporters have denounced as a sham. Photo: AFP
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