December 12, 2017

Australian Library and Information Association Sends Letter of Support to Natalya Sharina, Librarian Under House Arrest in Russia

UPDATED POST (Feb. 9, 2017) Ukrainian Librarian Under Russian House Arrest Takes Case to Court Of Human Rights (via The Guardian)

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Kudos to the Australian Library and Information Association for showing public support for Natalya Sharina.

Background

We’ve posted about Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, since the library was raided and she was placed under house arrest in October 2015.

In November 2016, the BBC, Radio Free Europe, and Amnesty International reported that her trial had begun and she pleaded not guilty to charges of extremism and embezzlement.

From an IFLA Statement (December 15, 2016):

In October 2015, Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian literature in Moscow, was arrested and charged on suspicion of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group. The justification? Allegedly holding banned books in the library she ran.

Links to these and other reports are posted below.

Today’s Letter From Australian Library and Information Association

Today, January 20, 2016, ALIA has sent a letter of support for Natalya Sharina.

The ALIA post that also includes the full text of the letter begins:

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has sent a letter of support to political prisoner Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow.

IFLA has stated Natalya was arrested and placed under house arrest in October 2015 after being accused of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group by allegedly holding banned books in the Library.  In April 2016, she was also charged with misappropriating library funds and her house arrest was subsequently extended.

ALIA agrees with IFLA that the treatment of the Library of Ukrainian Literature, and its staff – and in particular Natalya Sharina – is completely disproportionate and unnecessary, and an attack on libraries and librarians.  As such it is an attack on democracy, learning and culture.

Direct to Complete Post and Full Text of Letter of Support

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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