Books About Sheptytsky Removed from Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow for Psycholinguistic Analysis
On December 23, the department for combating extremism of the Interior Ministry of Russia removed from the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow over 50 books to conduct a psycholinguistic analysis. Among them are books about Metropolitan Sheptytsky and about the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), as well as copies of newspapers Natsia i Derzhava (Nation and State), Shliakh Peremohy (Way of Victory), and Ukrayinske Slovo (Ukrainian Word).
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine on December 27 addressed the Russian authorities with an appeal to save the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow.
The Foreign Ministry told RISU that they expect representatives of Russian authorities will base their actions on meeting the educational and cultural needs of ethnic Ukrainian living in Russia. The library's management assures that the closure of library is temporary to avoid unnecessary inconveniences for visitors.
However, according to library director Natalia Sharina, after removing a number of books on December 23 (which were chose for including the word "nationalism"), on December 24 a second search was held where hard drives were removed from computers and readers cards confiscated.