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Lyudmila Slaboshpitskaya, the chief editor of the "Mahaon Ukraine" publishing house, said that introduction of those quotas can harm native publishing houses as well. "When the "Mahaon" publishing house (Russia) purchases rights for book publishing from foreign publishing houses, those rights become effective both for Russian and Ukraine".

"Ukrainian editions are fully prepared in Kyiv, but most of our circulation volumes are printed abroad: in Slovakia, China, Singapore, Turkey. Its cheaper that way", she explained.
Slaboshpitskaya thinks that such harsh actions of the government have negative influence on the book publishing. "Mahaon Ukraine" is the official distributor of Mahaons books published in Russian. During the whole time of our work on the market sales volumes of books printed in Ukrainian were higher than those of the same books printed in Russian.

Ukrainian books use to sell quite well in the Eastern Regions of Ukraine and Crimea. However, the situation has changed dramatically during the last six months. Ukrainian books are practically do not sell at all in Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine", Slaboshpitskaya told.

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Highly respected Viktor Andriyovich! Ukrainian Association of book publishers and distributors addresses you with a question that needs your immediate personal intervention, because, as the experience shows, this problem can totally overcome your Decree About some measures for development of book publishing business in Ukraine (March 21, 2006) and lead to a serious crisis in one of the branches of publishing business book trade, which is in very critical condition already.

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