Synagogue vandalized in Russia's Far East

October 26, 2006 19:23

Unidentified assailants painted swastikas and extremist slogans on a synagogue in a Russian Far Eastern city on Thursday, a leading Jewish organization said. The incident took place in Vladivostok, about 9,300 kilometers east of Moscow, where the perpetrators wrote "Jews go to Israel" and scribbled offensive words on the Star of David, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia said in a statement. Jewish leaders in Vladivostok believed the attack could be connected to a recent gathering of radicals and skinheads in the city, and were preparing to file a complaint to the city administration, the statement said. "It is obvious that the xenophobic propaganda, as well as organized meetings of nationalists, give them (radicals) a sense of power," the federation's spokesman, Borukh Gorin, said in the statement.

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