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A Moscow library rare UN documents, ancient Slavic texts, 14 million books is on fire

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posted on Feb, 1 2015 @ 10:55 AM
The aftermath is truly tragic....
It's probably going to be some time before even the Russian's know what exact documents were lost.

A fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more than 1m historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural “Chernobyl”.

The blaze, which began on Friday and was still not completely out on Saturday evening, ravaged 2,000 square metres (21,500 sq ft) of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (Inion) in Moscow, which was created in 1918 and holds 10m documents, some of which date back to the 16th century.

Vladimir Fortov, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: “It’s a major loss for science. This is the largest collection of its kind in the world, probably equivalent to the [US] Library of Congress.

“One can find documents there that are impossible to find elsewhere, all the social sciences use this library. What has happened here is reminiscent of Chernobyl,” he said, referring to the 1986 nuclear catastrophe.

posted on Apr, 12 2015 @ 02:47 PM
Have an update!

"It's close to midnight in Moscow and Zoya Metlitskaya, 54, a specialist in Anglo-Saxon history, has been slogging it out in the slush for hours, hauling 18th-century books from a heap of construction rubble and packing them in boxes.

For weeks she has been working every evening, alongside about 50 volunteers, all of them dedicated to saving the vast collection of books and journals left lying in the ruins of one of Russia's great libraries after a devastating fire in late January.

Working around the clock, they have rescued about a million books, transporting them out of the wet. For Metlitskaya and the others, saving the books represents something larger.

"I am very depressed by the political course of my country," she wrote in an email from Moscow recently. "But our volunteer group gives me hope for civil society in Russia. That stays with me in the burnt building."

I can't even imagine how much work this is, or how they are going to salvage the books that are left. These volunteers are amazing!!!

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