Jewish cemeteries in Russia desecrated

Thursday, October 05, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
During Yom Kippur in the Russian cities of Tver and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) nearly 150 Jewish and Tatar graves were desecrated with swastikas and graffiti being painted on them. Many of the graves were severely damaged.

The Jewish community in Tver, where about 100 graves were desecrated, filed a complaint with the police. Leaflets were left at the scene by the perpetrators which pointed to an extremist group. The local police opened an investigation following the complaint, and although the Russian government condemned and denounced the anti-Semitic acts, the local Jewish community expressed their doubt that the offenders would be caught.

In the Jewish cemetery in Volgograd about 30 graves were desecrated at the same time that the local educational institutions were holding events in memory of the Jews who were executed in Babi Yar on September 29 and 30, 1941.

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