Desecrations in Russia and Belarus

6 Aug 2009 by CST

JTA reports on the antisemitic desecrations of a Jewish cemetery in Russia, and a Holocaust memorial in Belarus:

Vandals struck a cemetery in Russia and a Holocaust memorial in Belarus.

Some 60 gravestones were vandalized in the Jewish section of a cemetery in the Russian city of Tver, according to a July 31 report by the regions.ru news agency. A cemetery employee had discovered the crime the previous day.

It marks the second time vandals had targeted that part of the cemetery. Suspects are awaiting trial in that case.

In Belarus, vandals painted a swastika and anti-Semitic slogans on a memorial to Jews murdered by the Nazis in Slutsk in 1943, according to a July 31 report by the AEN news agency.

It was the third time the memorial had been vandalized since it was erected in 2007, but police have yet to apprehend any suspects.


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