‘Political Prisoners. Memorial’: Dmitry Lyamin is a political prisoner

11 March 2024

Dmitry Lyamin has been sentenced to eight years in a strict regime penal colony on charges of terrorism for attempting to set fire to a military recruitment centre

Source: Political Prisoners. Memorial

The human rights project ‘Political Prisoners. Memorial,’ in accordance with international standards, considers Dmitry Lyamin a political prisoner. Lyamin was convicted on charges of terrorism for an attempted arson attack on a military recruitment centre in which no one was injured. The prosecution of Dmitry Lyamin violated his right to fair trial.

We demand that Lyamin’s conviction be quashed and all criminal charges against him related to terrorism be dropped.

What were the charges against Dmitry Lyamin?

On the night of 18 to 19 March 2022, Dmitry Lyamin, who is from Shuya in Ivanovo region, threw three Molotov cocktails at the building of the local military enlistment office. Only one of the three caught fire, as a result of which the inner glass and frame of one of the building’s windows were partially burned. No one was injured in the arson attempt.

The next day Lyamin was remanded in custody on a charge of attempted intentional damage to property (Article 30, Part 2, in conjunction with Article 167, Part 2, of the Russian Criminal Code). During a search of Lyamin’s house, law enforcement officers found a poster with the words, ‘No to Russia’s war against Ukraine!’

However, after the intervention of the FSB, the charge was reclassified as a terrorist offence (Article 205, Part 1, of the Russian Criminal Code).

On 12 April 2023, the 2nd Western District Military Court sentenced Dmitry Lyamin to eight years’ imprisonment, of which he must serve the first three years in a cell-type prison, and the rest in a strict regime penal colony.

On 3 July 2023, the Military Court of Appeal upheld the sentence.

Why do we consider Lyamin a political prisoner?

Lyamin’s actions caused no significant harm. We believe that they come within the much less serious offence of wilful destruction of, or damage to, property.

We do not agree with the classification of the attempted arson of the military enlistment centre as an act of terrorism. 

A defining feature of an act of terrorism is the motive of ‘intimidation of the population.’ In reality, Lyamin’s actions were motivated by a desire to protest against Russian aggression in Ukraine, as he himself stated in his testimony during the preliminary investigation.

A detailed description of the case of Dmitry Lyamin and the position of the Human Rights Project are available on our website.

Recognition of an individual as a political prisoner does not imply the project, ‘Political Prisoners. Memorial,’ agrees with, or approves, their views, statements, or actions.

How can you help?

You can write to Dmitry Lyamin at the following address:

In Russian: 412315, Саратовская область, г. Балашов, ул. Уральская, д. 17, ФКУ Т УФСИН России по Саратовской области, Лямину Дмитрию Александровичу  1991 г.р. 

English translation: Dmitry Aleksandrovich Lyamin (born 1991), Prison of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for Saratov region, 17 Uralskaya Street, Balashov, Saratov region, Russia, 412315.

You can also send an electronic letter using the F-Pismo service.

Please note that letters in languages other than Russian are highly unlikely to reach the recipient.

You can donate to support all political prisoners via our website. 

Translated by Rights in Russia