"We are talking not about repressions of 1937, we are talking about 'Heart of a Dog' (Mikhail Bulgakov's novel). Sokurov is a spit and image of Shvonder (the book protagonist), while Putin is a personification of mediocrity," Livejournal tyler78 user wrote, Censor.NET reports.
Director of the Moscow-based state-funded institution of culture "The Library of Ukrainian Literature", Natalya Sharina, who was detained in Moscow on Thursday for disseminating extremist literature, has been issued official charges with extremism. Literature belonging to the list of extremist materials was found during a search on the premises of the Ukrainian Literature Library. A criminal case instituted against its director cited charges with the fanning of ethnic hate and strife, as well as with abasement of human dignity.
"I didn't do anything illegal," she said. "I took up the director's position in 2011. There was nothing unlawful in what I have been doing," Sharina said.
In his testimonies Sokurov claims that Sharina does not know Ukrainian language and literature, but promotes authors who are pure Russophobes. According to Sokurov, there are 41 books like that in the library.
"I am a professional reader and can identify Russophobia," Sokurov said.
But Sokurov's reason to hate Sharina could be more banal, as the director refused to present Sokurov's book "The motives of the new Ruin", in which Ukrainians and Russians represented as one nation, in the library.
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