MOSCOW (QHA) -

Natalya Sharina, Director of the Ukrainian Library in Moscow, has been held up on charges of incitement of ethnic hatred and hostility, as well as debasement of human dignity - crimes defined in Subsection ‘B’ of Section 2 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, said the press service of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation.

Sharina stands accused of distributing books by Dmitro Korchinsky in 2011-2015, which a Russian court banned due to being extremist in nature.

The investigators will be applying to the court to have Natalya Sharina taken into a pre-trial custody.

It was reported earlier that police searched the Ukrainian Library in Moscow on October 28, having seized documents, data storage devices and some books.

The same day, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry lodged resolute protest over the search carried out by Russian police in the Ukrainian Library in Moscow  - the only specialized state-owned library tasked with meeting national, cultural, language and information needs of the Ukrainian community.

It is not the first time Kremlyn has attempted to label all things Ukrainian as being ‘Russian-hating’ and ‘extremist’.  On December 23, 2010, and January 14, 2011, Russian police searched the library for ‘extremist literature’.

QHA