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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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Feb 22, 2006

Something important about our `civilized' society...

Popular Russian bookstore sees its final chapter

Owner evicted, thousands of books thrown out at Gaithersburg shop
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

Workers move hundreds of books from the shop of Victor Kamkin Inc., one of the largest Russian book distributors in the United States, into bins for recycling.


Last week, when the store owner had not moved the books from the site, First Potomac Realty Trust began the eviction process, removing nearly 400,000 of the estimated 600,000 Russian books as customers watched, and tried to salvage some titles, in the bitter cold.


The sight of books being destroyed was particularly disheartening to those from Russia, a culture that holds books in high regard...


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[Edited at 2006-02-23 11:00]

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María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
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Oh nooooo!!!!!!!! :( Feb 24, 2006

How sad!

I hate throwing out things, but what really, REALLY gets to me is throwing out books. I could never ever do that.

In fact, right now I'm supposed to be packing stuff up because I'm moving out of this apartment into a new one, and guess what makes up the bulk of my stuff? You guessed it, books!!

I cannot see books in garbage bins or being burned or disposed in any other way, it makes me cry [yes, I know, I'm sentimental].

Couldn't they sell them or give them away?

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Larisa Migachyov
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Ouch Mar 3, 2006

I used to work in a bookstore, and I would take home anything the owners wanted to throw out. I ended up with some rather...ahh... interesting stuff this way. The weirdest was a scholarly tome on Victorian pornography - not the porn itself, but a scholarly study thereof. Surprisingly, it made fascinating reading, in a weird sort of way. But even if it hadn't, I don't think I could have tolerated the idea of its being thrown out.

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