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Russia Raids Movie Theater Showing Historical Farce

January 30, 2018
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Russia Raids Movie Theater Showing Historical Farce

Last week Russian Ministry of Culture officials revoked the distribution license for Armando Iannucci’s satire, The Death of Stalin, based on the Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s graphic novel of the same name. When the Pioneer cinema in Moscow proceeded with screening anyhow, the movie theater was raided by armed Russian police and plainclothes investigators.…

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Moscow Librarian Receives Four-Year Suspended Sentence for ‘Extremist’ Literature

June 6, 2017
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Moscow Librarian Receives Four-Year Suspended Sentence for ‘Extremist’ Literature

Natalya Sharina, the former director of Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature who has been under house arrest since her home and library were raided by police in October 2015, has been convicted of “inciting hatred against Russians” and given a suspended sentence of four years. Russian law prohibits the “‘mass dissemination’ of materials that the…

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Russian Prosecutors Seek Suspended Sentence for Library Director

June 2, 2017
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Russian Prosecutors Seek Suspended Sentence for Library Director

Russian prosecutors are seeking a 5-year suspended sentence for Natalya Sharina, the former director of Moscow’s Ukrainian Literature Library who stands accused of embezzlement and “inciting racial hatred.” Russian law prohibits the “‘mass dissemination’ of materials that the government designates ‘extremist’” and the country maintains a list of some 3,000 prohibited books that fall under this designation. Russian authorities raided…

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Bare Shelves at Moscow Library of Ukrainian Literature

March 16, 2017
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Bare Shelves at Moscow Library of Ukrainian Literature

Over a year after the former director of Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature was arrested and charged with “inciting ethnic hatred” through books, the city government appears to be quietly shutting down the library with a specious “merger” into a smaller space elsewhere in the city. Technically the space remains open and staffed, but it…

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Overwatch Digital Comic Banned in Russia for “Gay Propaganda”

December 23, 2016
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The internet may be celebrating the announcement that a main character in the Overwatch digital comic based on the popular video game is LGBTQ, but unfortunately fans in Russia will miss out. As Mashable recently reported, due to laws in the country limiting the depiction of homosexuality, the comic will not be made available. Since…

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Despite Challenges, Russian Indie Comics Scene Continues to Grow

December 14, 2016
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Despite Challenges, Russian Indie Comics Scene Continues to Grow

Around the world, comics have been embraced as literature and a medium for free speech. Russia is no exception. In a recent editorial piece on Vice News, Thomas Carey Frazier shares his experiences visiting the country’s Astro Con and the “strange and beautiful” indie comics scene that has emerged in the past five years. From…

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Russian Library Director Goes to Trial for Possessing “Extremist” Books

November 14, 2016
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Natalia Sharina in court

The director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, Russia, has begun the trial process after being charged and put on house arrest last year for possessing books that “incite ethnic hatred.” Last October, Natalia Sharina’s personal residence as well as her place of work were raided by Russian authorities, who claim to have…

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Anti-Nazi Disney Cartoon Pulled from Russian Extremist Materials List

August 2, 2016
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73 years after its debut on the silver screen, the Oscar-winning 1943 Donald Duck short “Der Fuehrer’s Face” or “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” has been pulled off the list of banned “extremist materials” in Kamchatka, Russia. In 2010, a Kamchatka resident was charged with “inciting hatred and enmity” and received a six-month suspended sentence…

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Russian Publishers Too Scared to Print Children’s Book About Animal Detectives

January 6, 2016
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Despite a vague federal law that professes to protect children from harmful information, Russian mother and author Anna Starobinets didn’t let censorship stand in her way when it came to publishing her newest children’s book, Beastly Crime Chronicles. In a recent editorial piece on The Guardian, Starobinets recounts her experience working with Russia’s largest publisher,…

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Russia Charges Librarian with “Inciting Ethnic Hatred” Through Books

November 13, 2015
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Russia Charges Librarian with “Inciting Ethnic Hatred” Through Books

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine manifested in particularly chilling fashion last month, as the director of a Ukrainian-language library in Moscow was detained by Russian authorities and charged with “inciting ethnic hatred” through books in the library’s collection. If convicted, Natalia Sharina could be sentenced to four years in prison. Russian authorities raided the Library…

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