Good day to everyone who came today. I hope that today we will be able to raise most of the issues that interest you. As already said, please write down and submit your requests on a note and I will try to answer most of them.
Please do not submit notes of a personal nature, instead only questions on issues that are related to the books.
As usual, at the beginning of the meeting, I would like to say the following: at the moment, despite the fact that one book was banned, the struggle against the illegal actions of the judicial authorities is continuing, because I believe that the book was banned illegally. But the court proceeding has yet to be challenged.
Therefore, the book "Russia in Distorted Mirrors" is banned, but others continue to be downloaded. At the moment, 2,209,431 books have already been downloaded. And for the first two months of this year the pace didn’t slacken either. During these 2 months 128,886 books were downloaded. Less in February, than in January, but none the less.
What does this say? That this is of great interest to people. It makes me very happy. [Actually] the number of downloaded books is much greater. These are downloaded from only the two sites which have counters. And my books are located on dozens of sites which I do not even know about.
Most people download for themselves, and after downloading the book they print and distribute tens, hundreds of copies themselves. This is not taken into account. So, if someone has downloaded one book two or three times, this does not mean that the number of downloaded books is less than in reality. There are many more. Two or three times, and maybe ten times more, because there is no exact data. In addition to the fact that books are being downloaded, books are also being professionally published.
On the site there are templates of the books, and those who wish can download these books. Then after obtaining permission from me, these books are being published and distributed. By the way, when I give permission, I write that I give my right free of charge. That is, not even author's fees, and without even considering the act that I worked, proof-checked the book, the design, the illustrations, I make it available free of charge.
Today you saw books for sale in front of the entrance to the hall. These are the books that were published in St. Petersburg by Dmitry Mitrakov. Here you can buy them at a very low price. Here you can see the "Mirror of my Soul", "Beyond the Bounds of the Possible", admittedly the first edition (there is also a third edition). And "Revelation".
Unfortunately, parasites are cashing even on these books. Books that are selling [here], are quite cheap. The same books, at least, "The Mirror of My Soul", costs about 1500 roubles on sale at the Olympiysky Sports Complex. And this shows the difference in the cost of the books which they bought from Mitrakov.