The former head of the library of Ukrainian literature in Moscow pleads not guilty

Экс-глава Библиотеки украинской литературы в Москве не признает вины

If charged with embezzlement, she is clear, then the meaning of the article on inciting hatred – no.

Wednesday, November 2, in the Meshchansky court of Moscow began the trial of former Director of the Library of Ukrainian literature Natalia Sharina. She is accused of hate speech on ethnic grounds (article 282 of the criminal code) and embezzlement of more than 2 million rubles.

Sharina does not consider himself guilty. However, she told the court that if the charge of embezzlement it understood the sense of charges according to article 282 is not clear. “Please explain what and where I fueled the animosity, the nature of the charge I do not understand,” said the defendant.

Not understand the meaning of the charges and her lawyer Ivan Pavlov.

“Inciting hatred or enmity may be made only in the form of the action, he explained to DW. – And the investigators clearly did not write in the indictment, what was the criminal act Sharina, what she had done. Such vague wording prevents that we understand and do something to defend itself.”

The lawyer sees the client’s criminal intentions

The charge of incitement of hatred on ethnic grounds is based on the fact that during the search in the library were the books of the Ukrainian nationalist Dmytro Korchynsky, including “War in the crowd”, which is recognized in Russia extremist.

Prosecutors said that Sharina bought these books and put them on the shelves of the library. Lawyer Ivan Pavlov insists that these actions, if they were committed, cannot be recognized as extremist, as his client never intended to stir up hatred or ethnic strife.

In addition, the lawyer admits that some of them could have planted it during a search: “Witnesses indicate that in the library during the search was chaos. And in the end it turned out that on the books Dmitro korchinskiy no library stamp”.

Natalia Sharina from October 2015, is under house arrest. Article 282 of the Russian criminal code has a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.