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Court session in case of director of Ukrainian Literature Library takes place
11:59, 25 May 2017
Court session in case of director of Ukrainian Literature Library takes place

The barristers hope that the hearing of arguments will be during this session and the case will be put to the logical end soon

11:59, 25 May 2017

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The hearings in the matter of the case of Natalya Sharina, the director of the Ukrainian Literature Library will take place on May 25 in the Moscow court. The correspondent of 112 Ukraine reported this.

‘The barristers hope that the hearing of arguments will begin this session and the case will be put to the logical end soon. Natalya Sharina is accused of two counts: extremism and embezzlement. According to the court, her extremism appeared in the way she placed the books on the Library shelves, some part of which was listed in the ban register. However, during the last session, her barrister Ivan Pavlov pointed the court out that the books which were brought to the court do not coincide with the confiscated books. Particularly, the book of Dmitriy Korchinskiy that is listed in the extremist materials in Russia.  It is seen in the operative video recording. The editions and the book presented in the court and the confiscated one do not coincide. The barristers will point out these mistakes, investigation omissions and demand the retrial of the case and the reconsideration of Natalya punishment’, the correspondent reports.

Earlier defense of Sharina appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.

The search took place in the Ukrainian Literature Library in October 2015. Natalya Sharina, the director of Library was detained. 150 books and brochure were confiscated.

According to the investigating committee, the criminal case was opened towards Natalya Sharina under the article 282 of the Criminal Code of Russia. The reason for the opening of the criminal case was the expansion of the Dmitriy Korchinskiy book among the visitors of the library. It was recognized as the extremist material and banned for use. Later, the investigation accused her of embezzlement.

The director of the library claimes that she does not admit herself as guilty.  

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