The Culture Ministry drafts a ban on import of Russian books to Ukraine

Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, the Vice Prime Minister of Culture of Ukraine, is advocating for imbuing the State Committee on Television and Radio, the customs, the Security Service of Ukraine, and other agencies with a function of state control in order to ensure the elimination of all books of Russian origin with anti-Ukrainian content from Ukrainian market.

It is necessary to amend the legislation in order to imbue the State Committee on Television and Radio, the customs, the Security Service of Ukraine, and other ministries with a function of state control and ensure total elimination (…) of all brochures and publications of Russian origin, which do not accept the state sovereignty of Ukraine and incite ethnic animosity ”, V. Kyrylenko said on Friday, during the “Question Hour” for the Government in the Verkhovna Rada.

According to him, practically these draft resolutions have already been drawn up.

V. Kyrylenko also informed that the Culture Ministry, jointly with the State Committee on Television and Radio, proposed to introduce the so-called “automatic licensing” procedure. He explained its main operating principles: “ As soon as there is a notification that a book of the Russian publisher, which incites ethnic animosity and questions the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, crosses the border, such production (…) is placed under arrest, the sanctions are imposed on the publisher, and this publisher will no longer be able to distribute their production in Ukraine ”.

The Vice Prime Minister noted that a rough list of Russian publishers that allow themselves such liberties had already been completed.

 

Source: Interfax

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