Director of Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature on Trial for “inciting [anti-Russian] hatred”
Natalia Sharina, director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature, is currently facing charges of embezzlement and dissemination of extremist, anti-Russian literary materials. Sharina has denied the charges, and her lawyer , Ivan Pavlov, stated in an interview with BBC News that he believes the charges are politically motivated.
"It's no coincidence that it's the Ukrainian literature library that was searched, and not a Belarusian or a Cossack one," says Pavlov. Russia and Ukraine have a complicated past, and relations between the two nations remain fraught: as recently as 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of meddling in Ukrainian elections, and the recent Russian annexation of Crimea has put many on edge. (For more information, click here).
Pavlov and Sharina believe the Ukrainian Library has been targeted for political reasons, and that the offending materials were planted by official search parties:
“On October 28 [of last year], law enforcement officials came to the library at 8:30 in the morning. Only a member of our cleaning staff was present, and she let them in. I have reason to believe that they planted a whole pile of books on us, which they then “uncovered” in their search. I noticed that these books did not bear the library’s stamp” states Sharina.
Pavlov claims to have statements from witnesses who allegedly saw Russian Police planting the books.
Additionally, Sharina claims that she was not given adequate medical treatment for dangerously elevated blood pressure while in custody.
If found guilty, BBC News states that Sharina will face more than a decade in prison.
In the heart of Chinatown, NYC, there is a hidden gem by the name of MOCA-- The Museum of Chinese in America...
MOCA was founded in 1980, and is dedicated to documenting and sharing the history and culture of Chinese diasporic peoples throughout the United States.
Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America is an exhibit that debuted in early October 2016, and will be on display through March 26, 2017. The exhibit is a unique amalgamation of sculpture, video, and audio that tells the story of how food functions as a tether to one's heart and home. World renowned chefs such as Philip Chiang (co-founder of P. F. Chang's) and Ming Tsai (star of Simply Ming on PBS) are among those who have contributed their own special meals, recipes, and narratives to the collection.
The other featured exhibit at MOCA is entitled With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. This is a showcase of the often overlooked role that Chinese immigration played in the Shaping of America. It covers everything from the transcontinental railroad and the Chinese Exclusion act to mass media and Bruce Lee. As a semi-permanent part of MOCA, the exhibit is set to be on display through December 31, 2020.
MOCA is located at 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013.
It is a beautifully constructed, intimate location that a unique fosters cultural experience and encourages intellectual growth.
The general admissions fee is $10-- Only $5 for seniors and students!
CHECK OUT MOCA's WEBSITE for more info on exhibits, events, and tours...
The next time you're in Chinatown, perhaps you should stop by-- Learn how Chinatown came to be! :D