Chief librarian in Feodosia (Crimea) fined for displaying books on Holodomor




The director of Feodosia Central Library was fined for possession of extremist materials. Twelve copies of a book classified as extremist by the Russian Federation were found in the library.

In late December 2014, the Feodosia City Court found the director guilty under Article 20.29 of the Administrative Code (distribution of extremist materials) and sentenced her to pay a fine of 2,000 rubles. The books were confiscated.

The sentence was justified by the fact that the Grin Central Municipal Library and the Central Children’s Library in Feodosia displayed twelve copies of Vasyl Marochko’s book “Ukrainian Genocide. Series: Holodomor 1932-1933”, which is on the Federal List of Extremist Materials under No.1154 (the author is listed as “Morochko” on the list).

The Prosecutor of Feodosia stated that “the content of the brochure has an anti-Russian orientation. The brochure uses language tools aimed at inciting ethnic hatred towards a particular social group. The materials contain derogatory features and negative emotional assessments in relation to a national group and individuals and call for and incite hatred against an identifiable group, which can consequently be used to alter collective consciousness and promote ultra-radical and nationalistic attitudes.”

The library director explained to the court that she had learnt about the ban in September 2014, so the libraries had not yet had time to withdraw the books from public view. However, the court agreed with the arguments of the Prosecutor and found the woman guilty of an administrative offense.

Marochko’s book, classified as extremist literature by the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow on December 1, 2011, and other literary works were seized in early 2011 during a search of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow (general investigation under Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code). Subsequently, the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.

The director of the Central Library in Kerch was also convicted and fined two thousand rubles for “mass distribution of extremist materials”. He was guilty of the fact that the municipal libraries had failed to establish a content filtering system which would restrict access to materials classified as extremist literature.


Translated by: Christine Chraibi

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  • Pawel Michal Bartolik

    I propose: 1. Publish the photo, name, surname and street address of the lousy prosecutor (or rather inquisitor) who charged him in the internet. 2. Publish the photo, name, surname and street address of the lousy judge who sentenced him in the internet.
    If they fear something then, let them fear. It would be a consequence of their actions. They are like someone guilty of Holocaust denial who charges and sentences someone daring to say Holocaust took place.

    • Azazello Blasphemikov

      Yes, that is a good idea. Get this guilty people out of their comfortble anonymity!

      • Pawel Michal Bartolik

        I only hope they read this and already fear.

  • Michel Cloarec

    Next, it will be to erase all the words (which do not fit accordingly to their beliefs ) in dictionary !
    This procecutor is an impostor , should be called inquisitor !
    Is that an administrative offense ? YES YES YES mr prosecutor. No chances to save you from extermination !

  • Mykola Banderachuk

    next thing you will know to happen is the burning of Ukrainian books in the street at night

  • Olga Dora Garbar

    Me duele que autoridades le teman a los libros que contengan verdades historicas!!!! Los Libros no muerden.- Que tipo de justicia tienen los rusos??? Pobre el pueblo de Rusia con Putin y su justicia.-.- Crimea llegará a sus dueños!!! Slava Ucraina!!!!

  • Dirk Smith

    Apparently history DOES repeat itself. Deeper sanctions, lethal aid to Ukraine, and designation of Putin’s Russia as a purveyor of state terrorism will solve the botox dwarf’s megalomania.

  • Murf

    And Kyiv are the so called Nazis.