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Statements from the St Petersburg Centre

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Statements from the St Petersburg Centre

Folder containing four statements issued by the Saint Petersburg Centre between January 2017 and June 2018, ff. 5. This document details the Saint Petersburg Centre’s stance on four cases of writers or institutions under threat. Statement 1, issued in June 2018, concerns the case of the historian Yury Alexeyevich Dmitriev, who was charged on accusations of sexual assult. This statement calls upon public support for Dmitriev, declaring the activist was at the forefront of an “undeclared war” as a result of “unearting actions of the past”. Statement 2, issued on 23 March 2018, concerns the case of the Ukranian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was imprisoned in 2014 for protesting against the annexation of Crimea and freed on 7 September 2019 after more than five years of detention. This statement calls for action to free Sentsov during the midst of his hunger strike, and requests support from the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. Statement 3, issued on 14 January 2017, concerns the proposed transfer of St Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) to the Russian Orthodox Church. Protests over the re-aquisition of St Isaac’s took place amidst fears that the Church would not be able to maintain the building, which has been one of Russia’s most iconic attractions since it was converted into a museum in 1931. This statement warns against what the Centre see as a “hasty decision of the city administration”. The transfer was not accomplished due to citizen protests. Statement 4, issued on 10 February 2017, concerns the proposed merger of the Moscow-based Russian State Library (RSL) and St Petersburg’s Russian National Library (NLR) – the country’s two biggest libraries – in a move to digitalise all Russia’s physical library collections by 2020. In this statement the Centre express concern at the proposal, believing the merger would cause both libraries’ functional and cultural significance to be compromised.

Statements from the St Petersburg Centre

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Declaraciones del Centro de San Petersburgo

Carpeta conteniendo cuatro declaraciones emitidas por el Centro de San Petersburgo entre enero de 2017 y junio de 2018, ff. 5. Este documento detalla la posición del Centro con respeto a cuatro casos de esceritores o instituciones amenazadas. La declaración 1, emitida en junio de 2018, trata sobre el historiador Yuri Alezeyevich Dmitriev, que fue condenado por acusaciones de acoso sexual. Esta declaración pide el apoyo público de Dmitriev, declarando que el activista se encontró en una 'guerra no delcarada' a raíz de unas acciones del pasado. La declaración 2, emitida el 23 de marzo de 2018, trata sobre el caso del cineasta ucraniano Oleg Sentsov, encarcelado en 2014 por haber protestado contra la anexión rusa de Crimea y liberado el 7 de septiembre de 2019, después de más de 5 años de detención. La declaración pide la liberación de Sentsov durante su huelga de hambre y pide apoyo al St Petersburg International Economic Forum. La declaración 3, emitida el 14 de enero de 2017, trata sobre la propuesta de transferencia de la Catedral de St Isaak a la Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa. Las dudas sobre la capacidad de la iglesia de conservar el edificio, una de las atracciones icónicas de rusia desde que se convirtió en un museo en 1931, produjeron protestas contra la re-adquisición. La declaración advierte sobre lo que el Centro veía como una decisión precipitada de la administración de la ciudad. La transferencia acabó no teniendo lugar gracias a las protestas de la ciudadanía. La declaración 4, emitida el 10 de febrero de 2017, trata sobre la propuesta de unir la Biblioteca Estatal Rusa (RSL) de Moscú con la Biblioteca Nacional Rusa de San Petersburgo (NLR), las dos bibliotecas más grandes del país, para digitalizar las colecciones físicas de las bibliotecas antes de 2020. En la declaración, el Centro expresa su preocupación con respecto a la propuesta, considerando que la unificación pondría en riesgo la significancia cultural y funcional de las dos bibliotecas.

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01/01/2018

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