Russian man sent to jail for anti-Semitic graffiti

Russian court hands two-and-a-half-year prison sentence to man for writing anti-Semitic graffiti on a residential building.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff ,


A Russian court handed a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence to a young man for writing anti-Semitic graffiti on a residential building, JTA reported Friday.

A district court in the city of Kurgan, near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, earlier this week upheld the unusually-harsh sentence, which the 23-year-old man received from a lower court last year.

The man, who was not named in the report, was drunk when he broke the law against inciting racial hatred by calling for extremist activity, the court said. But his sentence reflects the fact that the perpetrator has previous convictions for the hijacking of a car and theft, the report also said.

Leaders of Russian Jewry have often expressed gratitude to the judiciary for its relatively heavy-handed approach to anti-Semitism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government is widely seen as controlling the judiciary, has often spoken out against anti-Semitism.

Watchdog groups, including ones critical to Putin, say that Russia has only a few dozen cases annually involving anti-Semitic violence or intimidation, which is a fraction of the tally in many European countries with sizable Jewish populations.

In Germany, for example, the number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose last year by nearly 20%.

In Britain, the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in 2018 rose to 1,652, marking a new record for the third straight year and representing a 16 percent increase over the previous year.

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