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The court in Kyiv considers Medvedchuk's claim with a request to ban the book about Stus

14.08.2020, 16:30

On August 14, Darnytskyi district court of Kyiv city continues to consider the claim of MP Viktor Medvedchuk against the journalist and historian Vakhtang Kipiani and publishing house Vivat that demands to ban sale of the book “The Case of Vasyl Stus”, повідомляє Ukrinform reports.

Near the court building there was an action of the Movement against capitulation, which started with speeches of journalist of the sixties Marharyta Dovgan' and former political prisoner, member of Ukrainian Helsinko Group Vasyl Ovskienko, who knew the Stus, the Ukrainian poet who was repressed by the Soviets, personally.

The action gathered civil activists, volunteers, ATO combatants, educators, musicians, bloggers and journalists, mostly they were young people. They held posters with the portrait of Stus with words on them “We have to know the truth”, and others.

In summer of 2019, MP from the party "Opposition platform – For life" Viktor Medvedchuk filed claim demanding to ban sale of Kipiani's book “The case of Vasyl Stus”. 

"The Case of Vasyl Stus" was published in 2019. The book includes documents from the KGB archives about the trial of the poet in the Soviet Ukraine. Also the book features archive documents concerning the case, eyewitness testimonies, letters of the poet from the prison, and recorded memories of the poet's friends and family.

Medvedchuk was the attorney assigned to defend Stus in the Soviet Union, when the poet was arrested in 1980 for the second time.

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