State TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee of Ukraine bans the import of epic about Saint Illya of Murom

December 7, 2017. The Expert Council at the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine banned the wholesale import of books “Ilya of Murom and Nightingale the Robber: Tales of the Russian Hero-Knights” and “Bogatyr Russian Fairy Tales”.

As the head of the department for analysis and development of the information space of the State Committee for Television and Radio of Ukraine Sergey Oleinik informed, the authorities expect to stimulate the Ukrainian market of printed products in this way. In particular, there will be massively more Ukrainian books.

“This happened last week, it was forbidden to give permission for the wholesale import of this literature,” Oleinik explained. According to him, despite the ban on wholesale imports, each person can transport no more than 10 copies in hand luggage across the border of Ukraine.

Oleinik noted that during the consideration of the ban issue, an expert council of 15 people voted “for” a ban on the wholesale import by a majority of votes. According to him, those books that were imported into the territory of Ukraine before the restriction entered into force will not be withdrawn from Ukrainian retail chains.

Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine corrected the birthplace of Ilya of Murom in Wikipedia, transferring it from Murom city to Morovsk near Chernigov.

The monk of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Iliya Muromets died about 1188. The remains of Ilya, who were in the bogatyr side-chapel of St. Sophia Cathedral, were transferred to the St. Anthony’s Cave of the Kiev-Pechersk Monastery.

The popular hero knight of the epic has been revered by the Church in the venerable sainthood since 1643, among the sixty-nine Saints of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.


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