Ukraine’s legislature has passed a law to ban the importation of
printed books written in Russian. It will also ban the printing in Ukraine
of writing by post-1991 Russians. Both of these restrictions are harmful and wrong.
The most popular or important classic books in Russian may be printed
in Ukraine, but a far larger number of important works of literature,
science or scholarship will not be available to Ukrainians unless they
leave the country. Even if we consider only the works of practical
use, such as textbooks and reference books, Ukraine with its smaller
population will not have produced comparable replacements in Ukrainian.
The “Culture” minister showed his lack of appreciation of literature
by referring to books as “creative product” and “content.”
In addition to…