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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - Court Gives Antisemitic Vandal Suspended Sentence

Published on: September 2, 2008 10:08 PM
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - An 18 year old student who vandalized Jewish graves in the Krasnaya Etna cemetery multiple times over the course of May and June was given a two and a half year suspended sentence.

In a rare departure from standard prosecutions of similar cases, the youth was convicted of “mockery over the bodies of the dead and their burial motivated by ethnic hatred” rather than just “hooliganism.”

The defendant, Evgeny Alyoshin, admitted to a friend that he “doesn’t like Jews” and prosecutors pointed out the fact that graves that he singled out Jewish graves for vandalism, while ignoring others.

The trial featured emotionally-charged testimony from the head of the local Jewish community, whose daughter’s grave was among those vandalized.

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