Russian customs seized books on Holodomor as “extremist”

5 May 2022

Rostov Customs reported the seizure of 20 Ukrainian-language publications, including several books on the Holodomor. It was reported by Kavkaz.Realities , which is a resource of Radio Svoboda.

Rostov’s customs does not specify who exactly tried to carry the books; we just know that it was a Russian citizen who crossed the border at the Donetsk checkpoint in a GAZ Tiger car. The owner of the books explained that he had taken them to his private collection.

Russian customs officers confiscated literature as “extremist material.”

It is worth noting that Russia has had a federal list of extremist materials for more than ten years, which includes books on the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 and on the Ukrainian national liberation movement and the UPA.

Among them, number 1151 mentions the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine: Proceedings of the Criminal Case № 475, number 1153 – Volodymyr Vasylenko’s book, “The Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a crime of genocide: legal assessment,” and number 1154 – Vasyl Marochko “Genocide of Ukrainians. Series: Holodomor 1932-1933. The Holodomor.” In Ukraine and other countries, this literature is distributed freely and is not banned.

But Russia continues to deny the Holodomor as a deliberate crime of the Stalinist regime. Consequently, Russia fiercely fights both against an alternative point of view and literature, where events are not interpreted in a way that is beneficial to it. Well, fighting against books and truth is a long tradition “on russia.”