Grounded director of Ukrainian library in Moscow turns to ECHR

19:36, 7 February 2017

Natalya Sharina, the director of Ukrainian library in Moscow, appealed to the European Court for Human Rights. She has been grounded in the Russian capital for a year and a half now, charged with allegedly keeping extremist literature in the library.

According to her lawyer Ivan Pavlov, the court had not enough grounds to extend the home arrest for Sharina; besides, the defendant has no right to leave her apartment or use any means of connection. The appeal contains provisions about breaches of several articles of the Convention on Human Rights Protection.

Natalya Sharina was detained in October 2015 in Moscow, when the Russian law enforcers searched the library and found the literature they considered ‘extremist’.

The court put her under home arrest. Sharina denies the charge.