December 29, 2010

Mr. Feldman asks Mr. Medvedev not to speculate on the Ukrainian library

Alexander Feldman, MP, appealed to the Russian President, Dmitriy Medvedev, regarding the recent searches in the “Library of Ukrainian Literature” in Moscow. Such incidents are an unfortunate misunderstanding, which reduce the legitimacy of the development of the Ukrainian-Russian relations in the eyes of the general public and lead to the growth of mutual xenophobia in Ukrainian and Russian society, - says Mr. Feldman in his statement.  

Mr. Feldman asks the Russian President to pay close attention to the fact, that the scandalous “operative investigation activities” had the informational connection with recent riots at the Manege Square and were interpreted as a reaction of the Russian authorities to the growth of nationalist sentiment and recent tricks of extremists.  

According to Mr. Feldman, this kind of “connection” is incorrect, given more than 80-year old history of the library and the lack of slightest cause for the suspicion in the past, and also, taking into account the words of Vladimir Putin in 2007, that this library is “the exemplary cultural and educational institution”. It is quite clear, that Ukraine, as well as the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian literature - have no connection with the recent events at the Manege Square, and are not the factors of the rise of extremist sentiment in Russia.  

Such “humanitarian force” initiative of the local officials and the biased presentation of information that affects the mutual feelings of the Ukrainian and Russian people - remind the short-sighted policy of the past Ukrainian leadership in the humanitarian, cultural and historic areas, where for the sake of the short-term “noise effects” the achievements of the whole generations of people, who carefully built the mutual trust and respect between the Ukrainian and Russian nations, were sacrificed. Who needs this? ... What kind of progress in the humanitarian relations can be achieved by the efforts of the “officers of the criminal investigation department” and the “national security”? ... What kinds of tasks, on the basis of the fight against extremism, prevent the only “Library of the Ukrainian literature” in Russia from happening, and how can its funds differ from the funds of other Russian and foreign libraries? … - said Mr. Feldman. 

Mr. Feldman asks the Russian President to draw attention of the people in charge on the possible humanitarian consequences of the “Library’s scandal”, as well as to the inadmissibility of the escalations of ukrainianphobic sentiments and playing “the Ukrainian card” in the anti-extremist campaign. 

According to Mr. Feldman, the Monitoring of the leading Ukrainian and Russian Internet sites, that was conducted by the “Institute of Human rights and prevention of extremism and xenophobia” has already recorded the growth of anti-Ukrainian sentiment on the part of the Russian Internet-users on this ground, and also the growth of anti-Russian sentiments among the Ukrainian segment, including the Russian-speaking users. 

As previously reported, on December 23, 2010, the Department for fight against extremism of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation searched the premises of the “Library of the Ukrainian Literature” in Moscow. During the search more than 50 books with references of the word “nationalism” were seized for the psychological and linguistic expertise. On December 24, the second search was conducted in the Library, as a result of which, the computer hard drives and the library cards were seized, after what the Library was sealed and closed. At that, according to the head of the Library, Natalia Sharina, the publications from the federal list of extremist materials, which is formed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federations, under the Article 13 of the Federal Law “On the countering of extremist activity”, were not found in the library.