Newspaper Archives ‘Disappeared’ at Ukrainian Library in Moscow
The Ukrainians of Moscow, a diaspora organization, deplores the disappearance of a unique collection of Ukrainian press mostly dating from 1988 to 2006, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.
According to the UM, early on Monday, library director Natalia Sharina and her deputy loaded the archives on a truck. The archives included Holos Ukrayiny, Demokratychna Ukrayina, Uryadovy Kuryer, 2000, Den, Dzerkalo Tyzhnya, Literaturna Ukrayina, Kultura i Zhyttya, and even some rare 19th-century papers.
The entire collection was then whisked off, destination unknown. This occurred without proper procedure, and before library staff came to work. No explanation was given.
Earlier, the Ukrainians of Moscow had appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to prevent local authorities from closing the library. Following the Monday episode, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko wrote a letter of his own.
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