IFLA Statement on the raid on the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow and arrest of its Director

Via Martyn Wade, Chair FAIFE

“On 29th October 2015, armed police raided the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, Russian Federation, and arrested its Director, Natalya Sharina, on suspicion of ‘circulating extremist books’[i]. Following a short period of imprisonment, she has been put under house arrest and charged with the ‘incitement of ethnic hatred and animosity under Part Two of Article 282 of the Criminal Code’[ii].

Following consultations with the Russian Library Association IFLA’s Commmittee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) prepared the following statement on behalf of IFLA which expresses strong concern at the events at the Library. The statement is has now been published on the IFLA website.”

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