Prosecutors have launched criminal actions against the publishers and sellers of Russian translations of books by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, a spokesman for the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said on Friday.
"The office of the Moscow prosecutor organized an investigation into the publication and sale via bookstores of the books by Paul Joseph Goebbels "Michael: A German Destiny in Diary Pages" and Benito Mussolini "The Third Way: No Democracy and No Communists," and evidence of a criminal offense was detected in the course of the inquiry," the spokesman told Interfax.
The books were brought out by the Algorithm publishing house.
Psychological and linguistic studies "proved the extremist character" of the two books, "which purport to justify Nazi ideology and advocate the supposed national and racial superiority of some people over others," the spokesman said.
On September 12, the Moscow prosecutor's office declared Mussolini's book extremist and demanded a ban on its sale. Earlier, the office demanded a ban on Goebbels' book, which is a novel.
Algorithm chief executive Sergei Nikolayev told Interfax that the edition of Goebbels' book was relatively small in size, and that scholars were its sole target audience.
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