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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sorokin Refuses to Speak to Police

APYabloko supporters demonstrating outside the Moscow prosecutor's office Monday.
Writer Vladimir Sorokin, who is under investigation for disseminating pornography in his novel "Goluboye Salo," refused to answer police questions Monday and called the investigation of his writings absurd.

"I refused to give evidence because I consider this matter absurd, vicious and humiliating to me as a writer and humiliating to Russian literature as a whole," Sorokin told reporters outside the Moscow police's main investigative department, where he was summoned for questioning. Sorokin's lawyer Genrikh Padva said his client had invoked his constitutional right to refuse to give evidence against himself.

About 15 young supporters of the liberal Yabloko party staged a demonstration in support of the author outside the Moscow prosecutor's office Monday.

"It's very dangerous that authorities are again beginning to take an interest in such people and ... their creative work," said Yabloko lawmaker Sergei Mitrokhin, who attended the demonstration. "If we don't stop this in the beginning, we could have a very difficult time in the future."