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Ukrainian edition “Book of Testimonies. Anatomy of the Russian annexation of Crimea “is included in the short letter of the all-Ukrainian literary rating” Book of the Year “-2020. According to the organizers, the author’s project of Ukrainian journalists Anna Andrievska and Olena Khalimon is presented in the sub-nomination “Horizons”, where “books from those who created and are creating our present and for those who want to understand behind-the-scenes intrigues” are collected.
The publication was included in the short list of seven books of the sub-nomination, for which 45 editions were nominated. Thus, for the first time, a book about the attempted annexation of Crimea entered the leading Ukrainian book competition and took one of the leading positions in it.
The book was published in May 2019 in collaboration with the authors of the publishing house “Critique”. It includes testimonies from Crimeans about the Russian army’s armed seizure of the peninsula, repression by Russian authorities and law enforcement agencies since 2014, methods of Russian special services influencing local residents, and a human rights movement trying to “survive” in these difficult conditions.
The authors of the book also explore the history of the creation of myths of Russian propaganda, which the Russian media used to persuade the Crimean people to “join” Russia in the spring of 2014 and which the Kremlin now justifies the seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula. “The key theses that Russian propaganda was spreading at the time were identical to those created by the Soviet government at the time. These myths are more than 70 years old, but they have become so ingrained in the minds of people that they still remain relevant, create forgotten illusory fears and influence the course of geopolitical processes in the world, “said Anna Andrievska.
The authors note that the appearance of the Book of Testimonies in the Book of the Year rating on the eve of the next anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula is an important reason to remind Ukrainian authorities and society about Crimean political prisoners and all those in Crimea awaiting his return to Ukrainian control.
“It so happened that the ceremony of awarding the winners of the rating coincides with the sixth anniversary of the attempt to annex Crimea by the aggressor country – the Russian Federation. In our book, we write about people who are fighting and resisting the Russian occupation in extremely difficult and dangerous conditions. These people have been waiting for the return of Ukraine for six years. And the appearance of our book in an authoritative book rating is a good way to remind about these people and about our Ukrainian peninsula. To remind about the need to return it to the control of Ukraine, “Olena Khalimon said.
The Book of the Year rating has been annually determined since 1999 by the best Ukrainian books published by domestic publishers independently or in cooperation with foreign partners. The experts of the rating are leading bibliologists, critics, famous writers, journalists, editors of popular periodicals and others. As part of the competition, they choose books in seven categories: “Reader”, “Red Writing”, “Sofia”, “Horizons”, “Past”, “Children’s Holiday” and “Business Card”.