The Moscow prosecutor's office is seeking a judicial ban on a recently published Russian translation of a book by Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany's propaganda minister.
The novel "Michael" is an extremist book, and so its publication is against the law "On the Prevention of Extremist Activities," a statement from the office cited the latter as arguing in support of a ban in Moscow's Basmanny District Court.
The office, which filed the appeal on Tuesday, issued admonitions to the managers of the Moskva Book Trading House, Moscow Book House and Biblioglobus Trading House, which have been selling the novel.
The office said it had carried out an investigation into the publication and sales of "Michael."
"On the basis of its findings, due to the violation of Articles 1 and 13 of the Federal Law 'On the Prevention of Extremist Activities,' which prohibit the publication and dissemination of printed matter justifying Nazi ideology, the general director of LLC Algorithm Publishing House has been presented with a demand that he desist from the violating the law," the statement said.
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