Russian Jewish cemetery vandalized with swastikas

Vandals desecrate the Jewish cemetery in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Community leader: ‘We thought such behavior was a thing of the past.’

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jewish cemetery (illustration)
Jewish cemetery (illustration)
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According to local media reports, vandals spray-painted swastikas on many tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Petrozavodsk, Russia.

Dmitry Zwiebel, a community leader from the northwestern Russian city, announced that he would submit a formal complaint to law enforcement agencies.

"Such acts have not happened in Petrozavodsk for several years. We thought that such behavior is a thing of the past, it turns out we were wrong," said Zwiebel.

Two weeks ago, vandals painted anti-Semitic profanities on the gravesite of the father of the Musar movement, Rabbi Israel Salanter, in the Russian city of Kaliningrad.