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The Power of the Russian State vs. a Librarian

“There is something particularly Orwellian about accusing a librarian of hate crimes because books under her care don’t jibe with government propaganda. That, in essence, is what a Russian court did in giving to Natalia Sharina a four-year suspended sentence because the Moscow Library of Ukrainian Literature, which she formerly headed, purportedly carried literature that didn’t match Russia’s official version of what’s happening in Ukraine.” (via The New York Times)

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Disappearing books: How Russia is shuttering its Ukrainian library

“First, armed police seized some of its books. Next, its director was put on trial accused of stirring up ethnic hatred. And now, quietly, its shelves have been emptied and its volumes packed up, ready to be merged into another library’s collection. A year and a half after Russia’s only state-run Ukrainian language library, Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature, was dragged into a political dispute between the two countries, Reuters has learnt that authorities are quietly winding it down.Officially, what is happening to the library — its 52,000 books are being transferred to Russia’s main foreign language library — is “a change of address” not a closure.” (via Reuters)

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RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES BURN BOOKS PUBLISHED WITH SOROS FUNDS

“Russian authorities have burned more than 50 books and pulled more than 500 other volumes from college libraries on the grounds they contain sentiments “alien to Russian ideology.”The books, most of them textbooks, were published with money from the Soros Fund, which in November was declared an “undesirable agent” and forced to stop its work in Russia.The books were removed from libraries in two colleges in the northwestern Komi region and some were later burned.” (via The Associated Press)

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DIRECTOR OF UKRAINIAN LIBRARY DETAINED IN MOSCOW

Russian police on Thursday detained the director of a Ukrainian library in Moscow on suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred in the latest twist of the ongoing stand-off between the two nations. The Russian investigative committee said in a statement that it has asked a court to arrest 58-year old Natalya Sharina after the investigators found books in the library that allegedly disseminate “anti-Russian propaganda.” The Library of Ukrainian Literature stocks titles in Russian and Ukrainian, and gets funding from the Moscow city budget.” (via AP)

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Fire Devastates Major Russian Library, Threatens Rare Texts

“A fire at one of Russia’s largest public libraries has been raging for a day, threatening to destroy thousands of rare documents. The Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences in south-west Moscow went up in flames late Friday. The emergency situations ministry said Saturday that more than 200 firefighters have been trying to extinguish the blaze ever since.” (via AP)

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