Thirteen books to be removed from stores over extremist content
03.03 // 16:08 // English
Thirteen books printed and distributed by Khrystsiyanskaya
Initsyyatyva (Christian Initiative), a Minsk-based publishing company
which was once co-owned by the Russian Orthodox Church, are to be
removed from stores over extremist content.
In an interview with BelaPAN, Pavel Radzivonaw, a departmental chief
at the Prosecutor General's Office, said that the authorities planned
to remove the books from all sources available to the reader. "All
information about ZAO Khrystsiyanskaya Initsyyatyva is now being
generalized and studied for the further legal assessment of the
activity of this company," he said.
Minsk's Savetski District Court ruled in December 2008 that the books
foment ethnic and religious hatred and contain calls for violence.
Experts described the books as anti-Semitic and portraying Judaism negatively.
Uladzimir Chartovich, director general of the controversial company,
filed an appeal, but the Minsk City Court upheld the ruling on February 26.
The company was founded in the late 1990s with a view to "satisfying
Orthodox communities' demand for religious service and educational literature."
In 2006, the Minsk diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belarus
ended its partnership with the company and demanded that it stop
using Orthodox symbols and language.