RF: Director of Ukrainian library Sharina faces 10 years

The Moscow Prosecutor's Office approved the indictment against the Director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow Natalia Sharina, according to her lawyer Ivan Pavlov.

10 October 2016 15:40

“Deputy prosecutor confirmed the indictment against my client,” said lawyer Ivan Pavlov, as cited by the Russian information resource of human rights defenders "New Chronicle of Current Events."

According to the lawyer, the case will soon be forwarded to the Meshchansky District Court in Moscow, and he has already started getting acquainted with the indictment.

Sharina has been charge under para.  "b", Part 2, Art. 282 (inciting hatred or enmity with abuse of official position; up to 5 years in prison) and Part 4, Article 160 of the RF Criminal Code (a large scale embezzlement; up to 10 years).

“As expected, the accusations of extremism have not been specified. The Court will not be able to understand what Sharina is charged with, and information is being withheld from her what exactly she is accused of,” said Pavlov.

According to investigators, in 2011-2015, the Director of the library had violated the Federal Law "On Counteracting Extremist Activities", distributing among the Ukrainian visitors books by Dmitry Korchinskiy, recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation.

In early June, an investigation into the Sharina’s case was completed, but the Prosecutor's Office did not confirm the indictment and returned the case to the Russia's Investigative Committee on August 18.

Natalia Sharina has been put under house arrest for almost a year, since October 30, 2015.

It was reported earlier that Russian security forces conducted searches in the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow on October 28, 2015, and arrested its 58- year old Director Natalia Sharina with criminal case initiated against her under Art. 282 of the RF Criminal Code. The reason for it was the alleged distribution of books written by Ukrainian author Dmitry Korchinskiy prohibited in Russia.

Later, the case files were handed over to the Major Investigations Board of Russia's Investigative Committee in Moscow.

April 5, 2016, another charge - embezzlement of funds - was brought against the Director of the Library. According to investigators, in 2011-2013, Sharina was spending the funds intended for library’s lawyers on her own defense in the first criminal case on extremism, which was subsequently closed.

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