Another Crimean school searched for ‘prohibited literature’


The boarding school for gifted children in the village of Tankove, Bakhchysarai district was subjected to a search on Tuesday.  The mother of one of the young students said that about six or seven men in plain clothes had turned up at the school. They headed straight for the library and then around the educational block.

She says that they found three books, which the librarian had not seen and cannot say more than that they were religious books. The mother considers this “provocation”.  The books, she says, were taken away and a protocol drawn up.

The individuals then wandered around the school demanding that all Crimean Tatar national symbols be removed and frightening the children.

This occasion differed from previous searches carried out by armed men in masks.  It is not even clear what service the men this time were from.  Whoever they were, the measures in a school are clearly excessive and probably designed to intimidate. 

There have been a number of searches lately, including of Crimean madrasas or Muslim schools, hunting for prohibited publications. The list of such banned works in Russia is long, containing over 2000 titles.  There is no such list in Ukraine, and the literature in question was always widely available in Crimea.   The reasons why many of the books have been deemed ‘extremist’ are also difficult to fathom.

New information from the report here

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