Legal Case of the Week: Natalya Sharina

posted 21 Dec 2015, 04:51 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Nov 2016, 05:49 ]
In the continuing investigation into the director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, The Moscow Times reports that, according to lawyer for the defence Ivan Pavlov, on 14 December 2015 investigators searched the homes of two employees of the Library, Anna Pavlenko (who is reported to be Natalya Sharina's daughter) and Tatyana Muntyan. Ivan Pavlov said Pavlenko and Muntyan are witnesses in the criminal case against library director Natalya Sharina who has been accused of 'inciting hatred' for distributing works, classified in Russia as 'extremist', by Ukrainian politician Dmitro Korchinsky. However, The Moscow Times reported that the Investigative Committee said the searches were 'performed as a part of an inquiry into a fraud case.' Natalya Sharina has been under house arrest since 30 October 2015. 

Source: 'Moscow's Ukrainian Literature Library Employees Subjected to Home-Searches,' The Moscow Times, 14 December 2015

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