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Books by opposition authors to be removed from school libraries in Belarus

15.06.2022, 12:17

The Belarusian authorities will remove books by authors who were in the opposition Union of Belarusian Writers, liquidated by the regime, from school libraries (including Nobel laureate Svetlana Aleksievich).

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to the Belarusian Council for Culture.

"Cleansings in school libraries: Aleksievich, Akudovich, Ryazanov, Bakharevich, Martinovich, Orlov, and 27 other writers will disappear from the shelves. As far as we know, the school libraries have received a list of authors whose books should be withdrawn from use. All of them are members of the Union of Belarusian Writers, which was liquidated by the government," the statement reads.

At the same time, the Belarusian Council for Culture pointed out a certain "symptomatic detail:" the censors failed to spell Andriy Khadanovich's name correctly (it was confused with the russian poet Vladislav Khodasevich).

Photo: Belarusian Council on Culture

In July 2021, the Ministry of Justice of Belarus began investigating the Union of Belarusian Writers. In October, the Union was liquidated by a decision of the country's Supreme Court. The pro-government writers' union continues to operate in Belarus.

The Belarusian Council for Culture (originally the Belarusian Cultural Solidarity Foundation), created in October 2020, is registered in Tallinn. In June 2022, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus added the organization to the list of structures involved in extremist activities.

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