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Blacklisted!

The Moscow Times reports that the Russian government published its blacklist of books, articles, pamphlets, films and records in Rossiiskaya gazeta on Saturday. The list includes 14 works that the Putin government says incites racial and political hatred. Sergei Vasil’ev, the Head of the State Registrar, told the state newspaper that “Russian citizens must know that displays are one of the sources for extremism that are dangerous enemies to society’s stability and well being.”

There are currently two statutes on the Russian Criminal Code that pertain to extremist speech. The first concerns calling out for or verballing inciting “extremist activities.” The other punishes the “agitation of hatred, animosity, or degradation of human dignity”. Conviction of either carries of a maximum prison sentence of five years.

The list consists of the following:

  1. “Music for White People,” The Order.
  2. Book of Monotheism, Muhammed idn Sulaiman al-Tamimi.
  3. Letters of the Kuban Rada of the Spiritual Ancestral Power of Rus’, N. M. Lezinskii, V. M. Gerasev.
  4. For Russian People, newspaper.
  5. The Eternal Jew (1940)
  6. Mother Earth: the Miraculous Miracle, the Marvellous Marvel. An Introduction to Geobiology , A. A. Dobrovol’skii.
  7. “Paganism as Magic,” A. A. Dobrovol’skii.
  8. “Who is Afraid of Russian National Socialism,” A. A. Dobrovol’skii.
  9. “The Judeo-Christian Plague,” A. A. Dobrovol’skii
  10. “Svatoslavie,” A. A. Dobrovol’skii.
  11. One Day We Will Come from Rotten Tomatoes, A. A. Nikolaevnko.
  12. The SS Knocked on Your Door, the Bastards . . ., A. A. Nikolaevnko.
  13. Fulfilling the Wishes of the Lord’s Thought, A. A. Nikolaevnko.
  14. The Most Constructive Party,” A. A. Nikolaevnko.

One can see from the list the targets are Neo-Nazism, Islamic fundamentalism, and radical Russian nationalism. Particularly cited are the works of A. A. Dobrovol’skii and A. A. Nikolaevnko. According to the Russian human rights group, Demos, the latter was convicted in July 2005 for the publication of his article, “The Most Constructive Party” in the newspaper Kurs. He was sentenced six months in a labor colony and deprived of practicing journalism for two years.

Dobrovolskii is an advocate for neo-paganism which emerged in the 1970s and 1980s as the wave of “Third Russian Nationalism.” The publication of his articles have led to several convictions in local Russian courts.

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