Ukrainian State Television and Radio Committee has issued a blacklist and banned 38 books which were published in Russia, allegedly to prevent spread of "hate ideology" and "separatism" in the country, according to an announcement from the press service of the agency.
Deputy Head of the State Television and Radio Committee known as Goskomteleradio Bogdan Chervak supported the decision saying that it was "dictated by the need to prevent the Russian Federation from using methods of information warfare and disinformation against the citizens of Ukraine to spread the ideologies of hate, fascism, xenophobia and separatism."
Alexander Litvinenko’s book titled "Blowing Up Russia: The Return of the KGB" was also among the books which was put in the blacklist.
Litvinenko was killed by radiation poisoning in London in 2006. Following his dead, UK authorities hold Russian state agents responsible for the killing of him.
The list also targets several books by Donetsk-born science fiction writer Fedor Berzin, as well as Tom Clancy-style works of fiction predicting the Ukrainian civil war by Ukrainian-born author Gleb Bobrov and by Georgi Savitskiy.
The country also has a blacklist which is known as the Federal List of Extremist Materials including more than 1,000 banned books and publications.The list has been accessible on Russian Ministry website.
Getting their share of the restriction, several political and social science writers' works were also banned including Russian publicist Alexander Dugin, radical political dissident Eduard Limonov, Russian academic and presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev, and renowned Russian economist Valentin Katasonov.
As the banned books examined, it is seen that most of them are somehow related to Ukraine.
Ukrainian authorities have not had any comment yet about what would happen if someone violated the ban. But they said they would destroy the books in case of the any violation of the prohibition.
Russian pop historian Nikolai Starikov, whose book "Ukraine: Chaos and Revolution: The Weapon of the Dollar" placed in the list of banned books criticised the attempt saying that “Ukrainian authorities were trying to hide a simply truth, that the country has witnessed an unconstitutional seizure of power…[and] come under the external control of the US."
It is the growing trend in Ukraine, extension of the list of banned Russian media since the hostility between Russia and Ukraine has spread into cultural life after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
Nearly 400 Russian films and television series have taken place in a blacklist for Russian artists allegedly threatening Ukraine's national security.