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Russian customs officers began to withdraw sent Russians from-for borders books, guided by the existing framework of the Eurasian economic Union (EAEU) a ban on the import of materials harmful to public interest and morality. About it writes “Kommersant”.
“Print media that have religious, political topics, may be subject to additional forms of customs control”, — told the newspaper at the customs office.
As an example, the paper cites a problem with shipment from the USA to Russia the English version of the book by Masha Gessen “the Future is history. As totalitarianism again conquered Russia.”
Thus, the company DHL carried out deliveries of parcels in advance requesting the client — lawyer Sergey Golubok — to write customs a letter explaining that they purchased the book “does not contain calls to extremism and terrorism” as already had problems with the import of this edition in Russia. A few days after this, on 20 November, the book was sent by the staff of the Pulkovo customs post for examination.
“Given the fact that the book contains information about events in Russia, which occurred after the collapse of the USSR, the inspector sent a request specifying character to confirm that in respect of books comply with the restrictions”, — explained his position by customs.
Human rights activists believe that the adopted in 2015, the Board of the Eurasian economic Union ban unconstitutional. “It is obvious that the phrase “information that can harm political or economic interests” is extremely vague, unspecific and leaves room for abuse. The same applies to the reference to “threats to ethics”,” — said the head of the international human rights group “Agora” Pavel Chikov.
The above book is by Masha Gessen, was released in the U.S. last year and earned there prestigious national award in the nomination “Non-fiction”. American filmmaker Oliver stone called the book anti-Russian.
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