Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books
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A EurasiaNet Partner Post from: Coda

As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin is stepping up efforts to squash any expressions of pro-Ukraine opinion. The Russian head of a government-funded Ukrainian library has found herself the latest target.

It took judge Elena Gudoshnikova nearly two hours to deliver her verdict to the librarian in the dock, for crimes ranging from “humiliating human dignity” to embezzling public funds. But in essence, she was convicting Natalya Sharina, head of Moscow’s State Library for Ukrainian literature, for keeping books.

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No less than 25 books considered to be “extremist literature” had been found on the shelves, Gudoshnikova declared, listing the offending titles one by one to the packed Moscow courtroom, before handing down a four-year suspended prison sentence.

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