Ex-chief of Moscow library of Ukrainian literature receives 4-year suspended sentence
MOSCOW, June 5 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) - Ex-director of the Moscow library of Ukrainian literature Natalya Sharina on Monday received a 4-year suspended sentence for inciting ethnic hatred and embezzling entrusted property valued at around 2.2 million rubles ($38,800), RAPSI reports from the Meshchansky District Court.
The court recognized the right of the injured party to compensatory damages in civil trial.
Sharina expressed her discontent for the court's decision. The ruling will be appealed, according to her lawyers.
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.