13:28 May. 5, 2016
Move comes following a protest from local Ukrainian organizations
Following a protest from local Ukrainian organizations, Estonia's two largest bookselling chains pulled literature, which according to the Ukrainian organizations defames Ukraine and justifies Russia's aggressive foreign policy, Baltic Course reports.
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Representatives of the Ukrainian community of Estonia expressed their concerns in a letter to the managers of Lithuanian popular bookstore chains over the availability in both chains of a large number of propaganda books in Russian language
According to activists, these books insult the dignity of the Ukrainian people and the honor of the Ukrainian state, instigate hostility against Ukrainians and Ukraine, justify the aggressive foreign policy of Russia and present incorrect information about the actions of bodies such as the European Union and NATO.
"The big number of such publications bears witness to this being intentional filling of the country's Russian-language book market with literature of provocative nature, which is aimed at undermining stability within Estonia," the letter by the Ukrainian organizations reads.
The managers of bookstore chairs responded promptly and withdrew the Ukrainophobic books printed in Russia, the Estonian Congress of Ukrainians, leaders of other Ukrainian organizations and activists of the Ukrainian community told BNS on Wednesday (April 4).
Leaders and activists of the Ukrainian community of Estonia noted that freedom of speech, just like freedom of expression in print media, cannot be a justification to flouting the patriotic feelings of another nation, to unconcealed and concealed heroization of wars of conquest and glorification of the "chosenness" of one nation at the cost of others.