What books are banned in Ukraine?

Author : Kateryna Bohuslavska

Source : 112 Ukraine

Imagination of the pro-Russian propagandists is really rich and broad, as well as their speculations with "sacred" history
18:55, 19 February 2018

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February 13, Ukraine’s State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee has published a list of 137 "books editions, the content of which is aimed at eliminating Ukraine's independence, propaganda of violence, inciting interethnic, racial, religious hostility, committing terrorist acts, encroaching on human rights and freedoms." We have prepared a brief review of the list of banned publications in order to understand the hottest topics of the anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

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This list includes works by the odious "Kremlin’s ideologue" Alexander Dugin ("Ukraine: My War, Geopolitical Diary," "Eurasian Revenge of Russia"), no less odious writer Zakhar Prilepin ("Everything that should be resolved... Chronicle of the Ongoing  War,” “Not strange troubles. One day – one year”), deputy of Russian State Duma, former Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya ("Fidelity to Faith and the Fatherland"), and the well-known Russian pro-Kremlin historian, the director of the Historical Memory Foundation, Alexander Dyukov ("Mass human rights violations during the civil confrontation in Ukraine, 2013-2014: Annual Report of the IGCP "). The list even includes the well-known children's book "Children against wizards" Nikos Zervas, conceived as propaganda against "Harry Potter".

The first thing you notice is the intensity of how Russian propaganda uses the concept of Ukraine as a “failed state.” For example, the leader of the Eurasian Youth Union Valeriy Korovin in his book "The End of the Project Ukraine" writes that "We witness how "Ukraine" project is coming to its logical ending." As we shall see later, the word "project" as a marker of fictitiousness is often found in such literature.


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In particular, it is used in the title of a book by the head of the Association of Orthodox Experts, Kirill Frolov ("The project of Ukraine as an anti-Russia, the eradication of canonical Orthodoxy on the historical lands of Malorossia, Novorossiya, and Subcarpathian Rus)," which claims that "unified Ukraine is a project of liquidation of Orthodoxy as such."

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Some publications are even more straightforward, calling Ukraine an "under-state", as, for example, Rostyslav Ishchenko does in his book "The Collapse of Ukraine. Demonstration of the under-state." He writes in the first chapter: "Ukraine did not materialize as an independent state and will never do it." He calls it again "a project," a "political-geographical phantom", a "state not needed to its own people."


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Another "writer," Andrei Vajra, whose book is called "Ukraine, which did not exist. The mythology of Ukrainian ideology" echoed to him. Thus, he argues that "modern Ukraine is the continuation of the Soviet project outside the USSR. It is nothing more than a splinter of the Russian Empire, a rebellious province, mired in a series of new, stupid and greedy "gentry."

Lev Vershinin's book "Ukraine - the eternal ruin. Hopak on the blood" is icing on the cake. The annotation is like: "The heart of the cannibalistic ideology of Ukrainian Nazism is a sense of inferiority. Trying to somehow hide the bitter truth about the eternal insolvency of its underdevelopment, the Banderites substitute for the real past with the delusional myths."


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A similar propaganda describes Ukraine as a puppet state, which directly depends on Europe and the United States. If you read the annotation of Stephen Lendman's book "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III," you will find that the authors of this collection of articles "draw parallels between Ukrainian events and wars and revolutions in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and other places where America has been carrying democracy for the past 15 years, concluding that the crisis in Kyiv fits the overall framework of the activities and methods of the Pentagon."

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In the book "Pawns in someone else's game: The Secret History of Ukrainian Nationalism" Ukrainian journalist Myroslava Berdnyk tries to show that the very existence of Ukraine is conditioned solely by the interests of European countries who viewed it as "the main outpost in Eastern Europe against Russia's expansion to the West."

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A significant part of the book production from the list of Ukraine’s State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee is devoted both to the "recent history" of the so-called "Novorossia", and to attempts to explain its origins, give it a historical perspective and legitimize through the past. For example, the work of Pavel Gubarev, former "head of the mobilization department of the Ministry of Defense of Donetsk People’s Republic" ("The Torch of Novorossiya") is among the banned publications, as well as the work of the alleged military historian Mikhail Polikarpov and other leaders of "DPR" Igor Strelkov ("Igor Strelkov - the terror of the Bandera junta. Defense of Donbas"," Commander Igor Strelkov "). Even the "legendary Motorola" is called a "Knight of Novorossiya" (Gennady Dubov called him "Nestor the Chronicler of Novorossiya" in his book "Knights of Novorossiya. Chronicles of the Correspondent of the Legendary Motorola").

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Since history is a powerful legitimizing tool, propaganda does not hesitate to use it to its fullest potential: forbidden publications diligently try to give the historical perspective of Novorossia.

Thus, the Russian Military Historical Society published a monograph "The History of Novorossia" by Dr. Alexander Shubin, Doctor of Historical Sciences, head of the Center for the History of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In his blog, the author himself points out that the title for the book was not accidental: "The book is called" The History of Novorossiya, "although it could also be called" Northern Black Sea Coast from Targitaya to Borodaya." "Novorossiya" is one of the historical names of the region, which was used here for a century and a half, and now is topical again, albeit in a politicized context. "

From the annotation to a book "The Birth of New Russia: From Catherine II to Alexander I. Events, memories, documents" we learn that "Novorossiya arose and developed as an integral part of the Russian world, where national and religious tolerance, breadth of soul, respect for traditions and spirituality have always been the basis of the world that grew out of the Old Russian state, Moscow Rus, the Russian Empire, and the USSR."

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Some publications are looking for a certain "sacral" aspect in "Novorossiya". Thus, Kirill Frolov has written a book "The Sacred Meanings of Novorossiya: Church and Civilizational Split in Novorossiya, Subcarpathian Rus and Ukraine;" he points out that "Novorossiya was the key springboard for the construction of the Orthodox Russian Empire. The creation of Novorossia is filled with clear Orthodox civilizational geopolitical meanings."

Numerous pseudo-historical studies claiming a true, uncomplicated knowledge of the past (Andrey Dikyi's “Untold History of Ukraine-Rus” and “The True History of the Russian and Ukrainian People” by Andrei Medvedev) are among the banned publications.

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Some of these publications could still be found in Ukrainian online stores.

To sum up this brief examination of the anti-Ukrainian books, it is not difficult to see that the fantasy of the pro-Russian propagandists is really diversed, as well as their speculations with "sacred" history. The list includes not only Russian authors, but also Ukrainian ones. Practically all the books were published in the Russian Federation, with the exception of three (they were published on temporarily uncontrolled territories of Donbas and in occupied Crimea).

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or 112.International and its owners.

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