March 06, 2007

Swastikas, racist slogans painted on Vladivostok synagogue

From Ha'aretz:

Vandals scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the walls of the main synagogue in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Friday, the second time the building has been defaced in less than six months. Jewish community leaders in the Pacific Coast city alerted police after they arrived at the synagogue in the morning and found it's entrance door and outer walls covered with swastikas and slogans. Two adjacent buildings were also defaced. A similar incident occurred at the synagogue in October. Russia and the Soviet Union had a long history of state-sponsored anti-Semitism. The state no longer perpetuates anti-Semitism following the Soviet collapse, but many Jews and rights advocates have accused Russian authorities of being silent in the face [of] anti-Semitism and other expressions of xenophobia.