Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Fair “Books of Russia” was canceled – Russian newspaper

Spring Fair “Books of Russia”, which was to be held from 25 to 29 March 2015 in Moscow, at 69 Pavilion Exhibition Center, canceled. This was announced today, March 16, reported the General Directorate of International Book Exhibitions and Fairs on its official website.

The same report said that on the initiative of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications from the post of general director of “General Directorate International Book Exhibitions and Fairs “filmed Nikolay Ovsyannikov, who held the position since 1992.

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” For a long time the leadership of the General Directorate of International Book Fairs and exhibitions is under constant pressure, the purpose of which is the change in leadership and a complete change of concepts and terms of participation in major book fairs in Russia, – said in a statement. – Until recently, the staff of the General Directorate sought organize an exhibition “Books of Russia” taking into account the interests and needs of all members of the Russian book industry, book lovers to give a traditional spring festival of the book “.

” RG “addressed to Nicholas Ovsyannikov for comment:

What are the reasons abolished Fair?

Nikolay Ovsyannikov: The main reason for the cancellation stated in the text that we have placed on the site Gendirektsii. This is a serious pressure that we have experienced since last year, and very serious economic situation in the industry. Events end of 2014 only exacerbated this situation. As a result, on the one hand, the collective gendirektsii became hostages of some gaming hardware that did not allow us to prepare properly for the exhibition, on the other – a very serious economic situation has forced many of our long-standing partners to change their plans to participate in exhibitions.

What will happen with the fall of the international book fair?

Nikolay Ovsyannikov: Moscow International Book Fair – the largest book fair in Eastern Europe and cancel it would be a direct sabotage the country’s prestige. But who and how it will be carried out, I say, of course, I can not.

Comment reason for his resignation from the post of director Nikolay Ovsyannikov refused.

Note that for several years Rospechat planned make this Book Fair exit, that is, “touring” in Russian cities. But the decision on this has not been taken.

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Let us recall, last week rumors about the cancellation Fairs already walked. A TASS on the abolition of the fair told representatives of the Ural publishing business, has received notification that gendirektsiya International Book Exhibitions and Fairs took a “very difficult decision”.

“This exhibition was held 18 years without failure. Notice of cancellation Exhibition plunged us into shock. Spring Exhibition “Books of Russia” was aimed at the regional Publishers. She was a platform for the promotion of books and solving problems faced by regional publishing business, “- said the agency publishers. And he adds: “In the unofficial conversation we were told that the show was canceled due to the lack of bonuses for publishers and high rents”.

However, the news from the site TASS some time has been removed.

Help “RG”

National Exhibition-Fair “Books of Russia” held annually since 1998 at the Exhibition Center, traditionally – in March. Participants of the forum were more than one hundred thousand books in the languages ​​of the peoples of the Russian Federation. One of the main objectives of the fair – support Russian regional publishing.

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