MIP Presents English Version of Mykola Semena's Book "A Crimean Report"
On 7 February 2019, “A Crimean Report”, a book written by Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena, who was illegally convicted in Russia-occupied Crimea, was presented at the press centre of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The book, which describes the chronicles of Crimean occupation in 2014-2016, had been translated into English with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Emine Dzhaparova, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, said that 1,000 copies of the book had been printed out.
“Mykola Semena is prohibited from writing and engaging in public activities. For a journalist with nearly 50 years’ experience it is torture. For us, therefore, communicating his word through publishing and translating his book is a way to support [him]. Still, Mykola Semena’s book is the truth never to be found by watching or reading Kremlin-controlled media. The English language helps bring this truth to the attention of a wider, global audience,” Ms Dzhaparova was quoted as saying.
Volodymyr Prytula, head and editor-in-chief of “Krym.Realii”, the Ukrainian office of Radio Liberty, also spoke at the press conference.
Earlier, on 22 September 2017, the Kremlin-controlled Zaliznychnyi district court in Simferopol sentenced Mykola Semena to two and a half years in suspension and prohibited him from engaging in public activities for three years. Later, the court commuted the sentence, cutting the period of the prohibition to engage in public activities to two years.
On 21 December 2017, Mykola Semena’s book “A Crimean Report,” published with the Ministry’s support, was presented at Crimean House.
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