-- In February 2006, he was convicted of fomenting national hatred for publishing articles by Chechen separatist leaders, receiving a two-year suspended sentence.
-- In October 2006, a court in Nizhny Novgorod ordered that his rights organization, the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, be shuttered.
-- In 2008, a brick was thrown through a window of Dmitriyevsky's apartment and his building covered with abusive graffiti.
-- In March 2012, he was sentenced to nine days of administrative arrest for disobeying police orders during a protest rally in Nizhny Novgorod.
-- Also in March, the Group of Free People in Nizhny Novgorod was the target of an arson attack. Dmitriyevsky is in charge of the group's International Criminal Justice Online project.
-- In November, unknown assailants attacked Dmitriyevsky's office and apartment in Nizhny Novgorod. Says Human Rights Watch (HRW):
That a 1,200-page book edited and co-authored by Dmitriyevsky, titled "International Tribunal for Chechnya: Prospects of Bringing to Justice Individuals Suspected of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity During the Armed Conflict in the Chechen Republic" be banned as "extremist" literature.
HRW says the case "is part of the growing misuse of antiextremism legislation against civil society activists" and is urging the Russian authorities to withdraw their petition.
The book is an exhaustive examination of rights violations by all parties to the conflict in Chechnya from the standpoint of international criminal law and pays particular attention to the responsibility borne by the top Russian leadership.
Says Hugh Williamson, the director of the Europe and Central Asia division at HRW:
HRW says that banning the book would violate Russia’s legal obligations to respect and protect freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Russia is a party to both treaties.
-- Grant Podelco