The Suprun - Dudarev Case Is Scheduled for Court Hearing
Preliminary hearing for the criminal case against Mikhail N. Suprun and Alexander V. Dudarev is scheduled in the Oktyabrsky district court of the city of Arkhangelsk for September 22, 2011, 10.00. The hearing will be held in closed regime.
Mikhail Suprun is accused of personal and family secret abuse within Art. 137 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Ivan Pavlov, JD, PhD, IIFD Boad Chair, is his attorney in this case.
Let us remind that Mikhail Suprun, Professor, Head of National History Department of the Pomorsky State University (Arkhangelsk), took part in 2009 in a joint Russian-German research project “Russian Ethnical Germans Repressed in 1940s”. Within the project, he needed access to archive documents in order to enter people’s data into “Memory Books”. The second defendant in the case, Alexander Dudarev, who was then information center head in the Arkhangelsk department for internal affairs, is accused of power abuse (Art. 286 of the Criminal Code).
We published a little interview with Mikhail Suprun at our website (in Russian)
More information is available here.
Documents on the case are available in the IIFD’s Register of Court Practice (in Russian)
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