Russian Police Raid Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow

  30 October 2015    Read: 544
Russian Police Raid Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow
Ukraine`s Foreign Ministry has lodged an official protest against Russian police searches at the Library of Ukrainian literature in Moscow.
"This is not the first attempt by the Kremlin to attach labels of `Russophobia` and `extremism` on everything Ukrainian — similarly, on Dec. 23, 2010 and on Jan. 14, 2011, the authorities were `searching` for `extremist literature` in the library," the Ukrainian ministry said on its website Thursday.

Police officers seized documents, electronic data storage devices and "some literature" from the library on Moscow`s Trifonovskaya Ulitsa, an unidentified law-enforcement official was quoted as saying by the capital`s Moskva news portal.

The search was prompted by claims the library stored newspapers that "distort historic facts" and exhibit a "Russophobic nature," the official said, Moskva reported.

Russia`s masked riot police officers blocked the entrance to the library on Thursday, Ukraine`s UNIAN news agency reported.

Russian police also searched the home of library director Natalya Sharina, seizing several books, she was quoted by UNIAN as saying.

The books confiscated from Sharina`s home included a volume on "Holodomor" — or "extermination by hunger," an artificially induced famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s during Soviet rule — according to the report.

Police also seized commendation notices issued by Ukraine`s former presidents Viktor Yushchenko, a Western-leaning leader, and Viktor Yanukovych, who was backed by Moscow, from the home of the library director, UNIAN reported.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the library search was a "crude and unmotivated" action by Russia`s authorities, which "once again confirm the aggressive policy by the Russian Federation against Ukraine."

Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year and supports the drive of pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

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