Recently, internet portal ‘Free Press’ published information that authors of the scandalous book “Memory book of Eastern Crimea. Asked to remember”- Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs had to flee and hide. According to the portal, the whole edition was taken to the local print shop to be destroyed.

QHA agency contacted head of Kirovskiy district Mejlis Akrem Abdulvatov for clarifications.

According to Addulvatov, the book is sent for expertise to Donetsk institute by Crimean prosecutor’s office. An expertise should determine whether the book contains statements inciting ethnic hatred or not. The results of the expertise will be known in the end of September, upon which the prosecutor’s office will decide what to do with the book. At present, neither the government nor police have the right to destroy the book.

As for ‘disappearance’ of authors of the book, Abdulvatov noted: “The prosecutor’s office has initiated criminal proceedings against them, thus they should be here to answer all questions of the law enforcement authorities.”

 As reported earlier, a book called “Memory book of Eastern Crimea “Asked to remember” that justifies deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea in 1944 was published in Kirovskiy district of Crimea on the district budget funds.

According to its authors, Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs, the book should attain the status of a textbook. With that purpose, the book was disseminated in schools and libraries of Kirovskiy district. 

Protest followed the publication.

Criminal case was opened against the author of the book Vladimir Shirshov, on Part 1 of Article 161 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine -Violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, nationality or religion.