Hugh Williamson: "The detention of a librarian for the materials in her possession is not only an assault on personal liberty, but on every person who cares about ideas and learning and education."

posted 1 Nov 2015, 10:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 Nov 2015, 10:14 ]
“The detention of a librarian for the materials in her possession is not only an assault on personal liberty, but on every person who cares about ideas and learning and education. The Russian government is sending a crude message that the books on your bookshelves could land you in prison, a disturbing throwback to Soviet times. […] It’s a vicious circle since as a librarian, your primary duty is to safeguard the collection and give readers access to a plethora of views and interpretations, but that places you at greater risk of arrest under the anti-extremism law.”

    - Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. 

Photo: Human Rights Watch

On 28 October 2015 Natalya Sharina, the director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow was detained by police on suspicion of 'inciting hatred' toward Russian people.

Source: 'Russia: Librarian Locked Up. Ukrainian Library’s Director Accused of "Inciting Hatred",’ Human Rights Watch, 30 October 2015
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