Police Detain Suspects in Chelyabinsk Synagogue Arson, But No Hate Crimes Charges Filed

Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Police Detain Suspects in Chelyabinsk Synagogue Arson, But No Hate Crimes Charges Filed
Police in Chelyabinsk, Russia detained four neo-Nazis in connection with a February 2004 arson attack against a synagogue, according to a May 22, 2007 report in the local newspaper Chelyabinsky Rabochy. The suspects are men in their early twenties–two are college students. Two years ago they formed a neo-Nazi group called the Vikings. On February 5, 2004 they threw several Molotov cocktails at a wooden synagogue building. Amazingly, local prosecutors investigated the attack as a case of “hooliganism” and even now the suspects are not being charged with a hate crime.

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