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Ukraine Liveblog Day 240
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Obozrevatel published a story today on reports that a teacher in a Simferopol school in Russian-occupied Crimea destroyed Ukrainian textbooks in a classroom.

The report is based on a Facebook post from Crimean Tatar Mejlis (Assembly) member Eskender Barieev on October 13. The Interpreter has translated the post:

Here are the impressions of an 8-year-old school boy, studying in a school in the Simferopol District:

"In our school, they collected all the text books and books in the Ukrainian language and on the Ukraine. They made a pile. And in front of the schoolchildren, they began to tear them up. Some of the students wanted to take the books home, but they were not allowed. They involved the students in the destruction of the books. Some of the pupils refused. I managed to make away with one of the books and saved it, it was a Ukrainian-English dictionary. I wanted to try to get some more, but I couldn't manage."

The most terrible thing about this is that a teacher, to whom we often entrust our children, is doing this...

In fact, this is not the first case of literature being destroyed in the Ukrainian and the Crimean Terek languages (state languages in the Crimea). They destroyed books in the Crimean Tatar language after the annexation of the Crimea in 1783...

There is also a report that earlier, activists in Sevastopol managed to save some Ukrainian books that Russians were trying to burn. It turns out that the books considered ideologically dangerous in Russia: books on Europe, on Hetman Mazepe, on the Holodomor, on the connections between language and politics. The activists sent the rescued literature to Kiev, from where it will be sent to teachers in schools in the Donbass.

On October 13, Sergie Aksyonov, self-proclaimed prime minister of the Crimea, announced that there would be a moratorium placed on the confiscation of banned religious literature from Crimean Muslims. But yesterday the Russian-backed leadership of Crimea implied that "banned Islamic literature" would be confiscated if it was not disposed of before January 1, 2015.