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 "The case is politically charged," - convicted ex-director of Moscow's Ukrainian Literature Library Sharina

The defense is going to appeal against the sentence passed on former director of Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow Nataliya Sharina, who the Meshchansky court of Moscow has given a suspended sentence on charges of extremism and embezzlement of library funds.


"We will certainly appeal against the verdict," said Sharina's lawyer Ivan Pavlov.

Sharina herself said the verdict was politically motivated.

"The case is politically charged. I have worked as a librarian for 35 years. It seems that someone was interested in the destruction of the library. I feel sorry for the library," Sharina noted.

"There were no any extremist books in the library. 16 extremist books were planted on me," she said.

Read more: Moscow court found guilty former director of Ukrainian Literature Library Sharina

On Monday, the Meshchansky court of Moscow found former director of Ukrainian Literature Library Nataliya Sharina guilty of extremism and embezzlement and gave her a suspended sentence of four years in jail.

Sharina was charged with incitement of national hatred and hostility, humiliation of human dignity, as well as embezzlement in large amount.

She allegedly was distributing Dmytro Korchynskyi's book among the Library's visitors in 2011-2015, and spent more than 2 million rubles of state budget on her own defense.

Sharina has been under house arrest since Oct. 30, 2015.
 
 
 
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