Sunday, June 08, 2008

Russia: anti-semitic attacks continue unabated

Anti-Semitic attacks are continuing throughout the country despite efforts by law enforcement officials to track down and eliminate neo-Nazi cells that are behind the incidents.

1) Russia - Vandals desecrated 13 Jewish gravestones in Nizhny Novgorod.
Vandals desecrated 13 Jewish gravestones in Nizhny Novgorod, less than a month after a similar incident. The gravestones are located in the city's Leninsky district ; the earlier incident took place in the Marina Roscha cemetery, where nine gravestones were vandalized. Police are investigating both crimes. (Source)

2) Russia - Arson and Graffiti in Dzherzhinsk Synagogue. Antisemitic graffiti were found on the walls of a synagogue in the town of Dzherzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Region, according to a June 2 report by the Nizhny Novgorod Telegraphic Agency. On Sunday night, someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the building's window. The bottle did not break the glass and the fire it caused was confined to the window frame, Interfax reported. There were no injuries. Presumably, the fire was due to arson, police said. (Source)

3) Russia - Court Hands Down Suspended Sentence in Antisemitic Propaganda Case (June 5, 2008)
A court in the Astrakhan region of Russia sentenced a member of the bizarre antisemitic cult "Towards God's Kingdom" to a suspended sentence after finding him guilty of forming an extremist group and inciting ethnic hatred, according to a June 4, 2008 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center. Prosecutors argue that the defendant and his three confederates, who are being tried separately and include a doctor, an engineer, and a teacher at the Moscow Aviation Institute, were members of the cult since 2002 and as such engaged in antisemitic agitation, including public statements aimed at demonizing Jews. (Source)

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