Suicide of Aleksandr Dolmatov

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Aleksandr Yuryevich Dolmatov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ю́рьевич Долма́тов; 12 September 1976 – 17 January 2013 Rotterdam) was a Russian opposition activist.[1] Dolmatov committed suicide in a Dutch detention centre.[1]


Dolmatov was born on 12 September 1976. In 2004 he took a job at a government-owned defense firm Tactical Missiles Corporation.[2]

Oppositional activities[edit]

Dolmatov was a member of the unregistered National Bolshevik Party and the opposition party The Other Russia.[3]

Beginning in 2010 Dolmatov took part in all actions of Strategy-31, a series of civic protests in Moscow.[2] Dolmatov was repeatedly detained during Strategy-31 actions.

Dolmatov had participated in the so-called "March of Millions", an opposition demonstration on 6 May 2012 which resulted in clashes with police. Dolmatov was detained by police.


Dolmatov went to the Netherlands in June 2012, fearing arrest in Russia. He sought political asylum there, but in December the Immigration and Naturalisation Service turned down his application. Dolmatov was found dead in a Rotterdam deportation centre early on 17 January 2013.[4]

On 18 April 2013, the State Secretary for the Security and Justice, Fred Teeven, survived a vote of no confidence on his handling of asylum seekers; the debate was called following a Dutch government agency investigation of the suicide of Dolmatov found that multiple parts of the Dutch immigration system failed him, including medical, legal and state organizations.[1]


On 18 January 2013, opposition activists picketed the Dutch Embassy in Moscow[5] and Saint Petersburg,[6] Russia and Kiev,[7] Ukraine in memory of Aleksandr Dolmatov. Some observers remained convinced that Dolmatov committed suicide under duress after being approached twice by secret police.[8][9]

Dolmatov's lawyer Yevgeny Arkhipov criticised the Dutch decision to place him in a deportation centre.[8]

Russia's Foreign Ministry said it had demanded the Netherlands investigate Aleksandr Dolmatov's death.[10][11]

The Dutch ambassador to Moscow said that Dolmatov's death was not triggered by the refusal to grant him asylum in the Netherlands.[12] The Dutch Queen Beatrix called the suicide of Dolmatov a "great tragedy".[13][14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Junior justice minister survives debate over Dolmatov suicide, (19 April 2013)
    Dutch investigation divides blame for Russian dissident Dolmatov’s death; gov’t to pay damages, The Washington Post (12 April 2013)
  2. ^ a b ""Посадили бы и прессовали по полной программе"". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC Russian - В мире - Мать Долматова написала письмо королеве Нидерландов". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Первая смерть в "болотном деле"". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ В Москве прошла акция памяти Александра
  6. ^ Петербургские другороссы провели акцию памяти Александра Долматова у консульства Нидерландов
  7. ^ (in Dutch) Teeven stelt onderzoek in naar dood Russische asielzoeker 'die onterecht vastzat', NRC Handelsblad (18 January 2013)
    Picket in memory about the Russian member of the opposition Aleksandr Dolmatov, UNIAN (18 January 2013)
  8. ^ a b Правозащитники требуют от Голландии ответить за гибель Долматова
  9. ^ Александр КОЦ - Сайт «Комсомольской правды» (19 January 2013). "Эдуард Лимонов о суициде Александра Долматова: "Сашу допрашивали с пристрастием"". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Москва потребовала от Нидерландов расследовать смерть Долматова". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Москва требует скорейшего расследования смерти оппозиционера Долматова". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Власти Нидерландов не связывают самоубийство Александра Долматова с отказом в предоставлении ему политического убежища в стране". Эхо Москвы. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Королева Нидерландов прокомментировала смерть Долматова: "большая трагедия" и "сложный случай"". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Beatrix: dood Dolmatov tragedie". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  15. ^ Королева Нидерландов ответила на обращение матери А.Долматова

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