Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine: Four criminal proceeding against the persons who committed crimes against Jews and their sacred places have been initiated since the beginning of the year

14/03/2020

In the two months of 2020, four criminal proceeding against the persons who committed crimes against Jews and Jewish sacred places have been initiated in Ukraine. Those crimes had signs of discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, race and religion. This has been reported to the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

In particular, we are talking about igniting inter-ethnic hatred in the social networks, insulting Jews, and even calling for the destruction of representatives of the Jewish nation. The law enforcement officers recorded such violations in the Ternopil region and in Cherkasy.

A pre-trial investigation has been also started into the personal injury of the Hasidic pilgrims who were making the pilgrimage to the Tsaddik’s (Rebbe Nachman's) tomb in Uman.

The police also responded promptly to the damage to the property of the Cultural and Educational Center “Beys Stern Shulman” in Kryvyi Rih, which happened on January 19. The suspect has already been identified and a suspicion of a crime has been put forward against him.

A letter received from the Department of International Cooperation and European Integration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine also states that in 2019 there were 16 similar cases which fall under Article 161 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, nationality and religious faith). Two proceeding have already been directed to the court; six proceedings have been closed, and eight proceedings are still ongoing.

The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine expresses its gratitude to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for its cooperation and understanding of the importance of promptly stopping any manifestations of anti-Semitism.

The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine agreed on the close cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in 2018 at a meeting with the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The joint coordination of actions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and of the JCU allows monitoring the manifestations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine and, if necessary, responding promptly to the cases of discrimination against Jews.