5 Apr 2018 17:49

Court acquits head of Karelia branch of Memorial of all charges in pedophile case

PETROZAVODSK. April 5 (Interfax) - The Petrozavodsk City Court in Russia's Republic of Karelia ruled on Thursday to acquit regional Memorial leader Yury Dmitriyev, who was earlier charged with child pornography production and child molestation, an Interfax correspondent reported from courtroom.

Judge Marina Nosova read the verdict in a hearing held behind closed doors on Thursday.

According to defense attorney Viktor Anufriyev, the court has acquitted Dmitriyev of some of the charges, namely, child pornography production and indecent assaults on a child.

However, the court pronounced Dmitriyev guilty of illegal possession of smooth-bore rifle parts.

As a result, the court sentenced Dmitriyev to three months of restriction of liberty.