Huge library containing historic texts and 14 million books goes up in flames Moscow

A library containing over 14 million books, historic texts and other important documents has gone up in flames in the Russian capital of Moscow.

The Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) has 14.2m texts in ancient and modern languages and includes the biggest collection of Slavic language books in Russia.

It was founded in 1918 and holds documents from the League of Nations, UNESCO, and early parliamentary reports dating back as far as 1789.

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  • David Murrell

    I read a lot about antiquity, and I have always held it against Napoleon’s army for burning the library at Alexandria. So much of our knowledge of antiquity was lost in that purposely set fire.

    And here, it is Russian stupidity who allowed this huge fire to take place. Well, if the Russians are too stupid to know enough to protect their past culture, so be it. Another sign historical culture is being destroyed.

  • James Hamilton

    Sad news. Can’t be replaced at any cost.

  • Wow. A true loss for the world.

  • tom_billesley

    A tragedy also felt by all those countries and families that involuntarily contributed libraries looted by the Red Army and never returned.

  • simus1

    Libraries are always filled with priceless books and inadequate protection systems.