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But historian Sergiy Bilokin proves that he can by taking them off his bed before going to sleep. This devoted 63-year-old book collector says he has 50,000 books mostly on Ukrainian history, culture and arts.

In this digital age, Bilokin is not the only maverick who refuses to let go of his hard copies.

Businessman and politician Oleksandr Prognimak, 53, devoted two rooms in his spacious mansion in Koncha Zaspa, the Kyiv suburb favored by the elite, to host his 10,000 books, mostly expensive antique copies.

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