Well, the book scanning community in Russia is quite prolific. I would say no less than 10 scanned books get published daily, although some of them are beautification efforts on scans released earlier. The largest and the oldest legal site is http://www.lib.ru
It exists since 1994 and hasn't changed its design since then
Then we have less legal sites, that don't try to hide themselves though. I am not sure if I should link to them from here. I heard than even linking to a site that links to copyright infringing materials is a crime these days. Anyway, those sites contain almost exclusively titles in Russian. Now you are probably wondering, doesn't the Russian government try to shut down these sites? I would say, no. I they wanted to, they would do it. Book publishers sometimes try to shut them down using legal actions, or even just buying them. I think they've given up on trying to shut them down though. Maybe they've just run out of money
I mean, book publishing is not as lucrative as music publishing.
Then we have sites that do try to hide their existence. I don't have access to most of them, and they don't appreciate revealing them anyway.
I am actually keeping distance from the Russian book scanning community. In particular, I never publish anything, and don't even give out any copyrighted stuff privately. That's because I am a too easy target for legal actions. People in Russia don't generally need to worry about it. Piracy is so widespread there, that even ISPs typically run warez servers for their customers. I can't speak about Russia, since I've moved from there like 18 years ago, but that's definitely the case in Lithuania, where I lived until recently.
In fact, there was an event recently, that may have been an entrapment attempt targeted at me personally. It failed, and after that, a smearing campaign was launched against me. Well, "campaing" is probably a too strong term in this case. It's just a single individual keeping posting slanderous comments about me and about Scan Tailor. Because daniel_reetz speaks Russian, he may read the whole story from here
. As a result of this event, I am afraid the Russian book scanning community will become suspicious and hostile towards foreigners.