Ukrainian sentenced to life for racist and homophobic attacks

A 28-year-old Kharkiv man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for racist and homophobic attacks on six people, and the killing of another young man. The case was important in that the prosecution clearly identified the racism determining Vitaly Kadnichansky’s choice of victim, as well as referring to homophobic motives.  It also gained some notoriety due to the attempt by Oleh Lyashko, head of the ‘Radical Party’ to get the young man added to a list of ‘political prisoners’ in 2015, and released under an amnesty. | detail

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Israeli government report invents sharp rise in anti-Semitism in Ukraine

A report on anti-Semitism by the Israeli Ministry for Diaspora Affairs has come up with some statistics about anti-Semitism in Ukraine which would be alarming if they had any basis in fact.  According to Vyacheslav Likhachev, who has been systematically monitoring anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine for well over 10 years,  they have little or none. | detail

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Far-right vigilantes imposing ‘Ukrainian order’ are strange partners for Ukraine’s National Police

So-called ‘National Militia Units’ are promising to ’establish Ukrainian order” on the streets of Kyiv, seemingly in cooperation with Ukraine’s National Police.  Assurances from the Interior Ministry cannot allay concerns about police collaboration with an organization which has on many occasions demonstrated intolerance towards ethnic minorities, as well as to people whose sexual orientation, political or other beliefs they view with antagonism.  | detail

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Ukrainian prosecutor refuses to investigate police inaction during shocking anti-Roma pogrom

An Odesa court has reinstated the criminal proceedings initiated over police failure to react during anti-Roma riots last year in Loshchynivka, but only after human rights lawyers challenged the prosecutor’s decision to terminate the investigation.   | detail

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Vigilantes in military gear accused of new attack on Roma in Kyiv

A family who recently spoke out publicly about disturbing measures to drive out Romani residents of Kyiv have been set upon by a group of former soldiers whose civic organization was organized under the patronage of an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister | detail

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Police from Kyiv to investigate anti-Semitic attack on Uman Synagogue

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General reports that a team of detectives from Kyiv will be sent to Uman in the Cherkasy oblast to investigate the foul attack on a synagogue during the early hours of Dec 21. | detail

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Russia’s Trial of jailed Crimean Tatar leader turns openly racist

The current ‘trial’ of imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz is proving as openly contemptuous of the law as the charges themselves. Chiygoz has been prevented from attending his own ‘trial’, or even properly hearing what is being said, and the prosecutor makes no attempt to conceal his racist views | detail

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Ukraine sees drop in xenophobic violence everywhere but Russian-occupied Crimea

Ukraine’s far-right has no need to look for mythical enemies when there’s a real enemy to be fought and their country truly needs to be defended. That is one of the reasons put forward in explaining the good news that the last 2 years of conflict, first on Maidan, then because of Russian aggression have not led to an increase in anti-Semitic and xenophobic violence in Ukraine. | detail

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Russian TV Presenter Accused Of Incitement In Germany

To Berlin-based lawyer Martin Luithle, Ivan Blagoy’s coverage was a reckless attempt to incite fear and hatred against migrants among Germany’s 6 million Russian speakers, and is punishable under German law. | detail

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Stubborn Denial & Questionable Charges over Racist Attack on Football Fans in Kyiv

How do you protect likely victims if you deny racist motives?. Despite suspicion falling on known neo-Nazi racists for the attack on only black football fans at the Dynamo – Chelsea match on Oct 20 & and serious UEFA penalties, Ukraine’s police see only ’hooliganism’, for which the first person has just received a short suspended sentence | detail

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Police officer accused of involvement in racist attack on football fans

Compelled by police inaction and misleading information presented to the President regarding a shocking racist attack on black football fans in Kyiv, journalists have carried out their own investigation which implicates a police officer and parliamentary aide and members of the Azov Civic Corps | detail

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Propped by Russian neo-Nazis, Kremlin anti-Semitic proxies warn of mounting ’Ukrainian fascism’

AAccording to well-known specialist Viacheslav Likhachev, Russian far-right and neo-Nazi groups have played the greatest role in the war in Donbas. Neither this, nor the Kremlin-backed militants’ consistent anti-Semitism impede their constant rhetoric about fighting ‘Ukrainian fascism’ | detail

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Second arson attack in Kolomyia Jewish cemetery

In the second arson attack in less than 2 months, an ohel, or small chapel-like structure for prayer at the grave of a tsadik, or righteous person, has been set alight in the Memorial Jewish Cemetery in Kolomyia [Ivano-Frankivsk oblast] | detail

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Anti-Semitism is no vote-winner even for Ukraine’s far-right

Even the most notorious neo-Nazi in Ukraine’s parliament recently denied having previously made white supremacist and anti-Semitic utterances – among the reasons why Viacheslav Likhachev, head of the National Minority Rights Monitoring Group and leading researcher in the field, expresses ‘cautious optimism’ about the situation with anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine. | detail

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Arson attack in Jewish cemetery

The Euro-Asian Congress has reported another arson attack, this time in the old Jewish cemetery in Kolomyia [Ivano-Frankivsk oblast] | detail

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Latest and worst anti-Semitic vandalism at Babi Yar

This latest of six vandal attacks on the Menorah, which stands at the site where 33 thousand Jews were murdered by the Nazis in 1941, was carried out on Sunday night, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year | detail

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Racist attack on young man in Kyiv

A foul racially-motivated attack has been reported against a 16-year-old young man in Kyiv with the duty police officer at the metro station nowhere to be seen | detail

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Debunking Russia’s Narrative of Rampant Anti-Semitism in Ukraine Again

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine’s latest reports on xenophobia in Ukraine have struck another blow to Moscow’s persistent attempts to present the country as a hotbed of anti-Semitism. The reports make no mention of the "pogroms" alleged by the Russian Foreign Ministry, nor do they back Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion of a "rampage of reactionary, nationalist and anti-Semitic forces." | detail

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Kremlin’s anti-Semitic proxies in Donbas turn on each other

It was bad enough for Vladimir Putin’s narrative about ‘anti-Semitic hordes’ seizing power in Kyiv when the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas dismissed Ukraine’s leaders as “pathetic Jews”. Now foul anti-Semitic attacks are being used as part of an internal struggle for power between various militant leaders. | detail

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Fake Rabbi’s Letter in Moscow’s “Ukrainian anti-Semitism” Propaganda

Instead of accepting failure and laying its “Ukrainian anti-Semitism card” to rest, the Kremlin’s propaganda machine has opted to spin out further brazen lies and distortion. The fakes, including the latest supposed letter from Rabbi Margolin of the European Jewish Association. keep being exposed and yet it comes back for more. | detail

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