Ex-chief of Ukrainian literature library found guilty of extremism, embezzlement
MOSCOW, June 5 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) – The Meshchansky District Court on Monday found ex-director of the Moscow library of Ukrainian literature Natalya Sharina guilty of inciting ethnic hatred and embezzling entrusted property valued at around 2.2 million rubles ($38,800), RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
Earlier, a prosecutor demanded a 5-year suspended sentence for Sharina. Defense asked the court for her acquittal.
In October 2015, police raided the Moscow library of Ukrainian literature and seized reading materials containing calls to anti-Russian propaganda.
Sharina was charged with incitement of ethnic hatred and enmity and placed under house arrest.
According to investigators, from 2011 to 2015, Sharina distributed books prohibited by court as extremist among the library’s members. Thus, she has violated the Federal Law on Countering Extremist Activities.
During the first court hearing, acting director Natalya Vidineyeva said that Sharina had caused a 2.2-million-ruble damage to the library.
Sharina has pleaded not guilty.