Over 80 representatives of the cultural community – writers, philologists, journalists, art historians, museum workers – by May 15 signed an open letter in defense of the leading bibliographer of the National Library of Russia Nikita Eliseev.
Among those whose names appear under the text are film director Alexander Sokurov, writer Yakov Gordin, publisher Irina Prokhorova, research director of the IRLI (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vsevolod Bagno, actor Veniamin Smekhov, parliamentary deputy Boris Vishnevsky, historian Lev Lurie, literary critic Galina Yuzefovich , writer Elena Chizhova, president of the Anna Akhmatova Museum Friends Foundation Nina Popova, art critic Alexander Borovsky and many others.
“Nikita Eliseev is known as an excellent librarian and a brilliant literary critic,” the letter notes. – He, among other things, translated Sebastian Hafner’s bestselling book “The Story of a German: A Private Man Against a Thousand Year Reich” (Ivan Limbach Publishing House, 2016), in 1998 he won the Novy Mir magazine award, and in 2019 he was awarded humanitarian and book publishing award “Bookworm”.
The authors call for Nikita Eliseev to be reinstated as soon as possible at work in the National Library of Russia, “which has become his second home, where he has long proved himself as a professional of the highest class.” Recall that the leading bibliographer has worked at the Public Library for nearly 40 years.
“There is no need to list all the numerous regalia, publications and merits of N.L. Eliseev, but it is very important to be able to correct the mistakes made in time, which will inevitably cause reputational damage to the National Library of Russia and have a negative impact on the cultural life of St. Petersburg, ”the open letter says.
Nikita Eliseev was fired from the National Library of Russia on May 13 with an entry in the labor record that “the contract was terminated due to the employee’s repeated failure to fulfill, without good reason, labor duties, if he has a disciplinary sanction.”
The conflict between the library management and the leading bibliographer occurred in April in the New Library building on Moskovsky. The leading bibliographer, indignant at the holding of the concert right next to the reading rooms (and not in the concert hall intended for this), which interfered with the readers of the library, went with a complaint to the director of the institution, Vladimir Gronsky, during this official event. But he was stopped by security.
After that, the library held a meeting of the Commission on Ethics, which concluded that Eliseev violated a number of points of the Code of Professional Ethics for employees of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Russian National Library”, and “gross violation” of the code of ethics by Eliseev “causes image damage” of the National Library of Russia.
According to Fontanka, the library management adheres to its own assessment of the reasons for the dismissal of the bibliographer, but refuses to comment officially.