Police have launched a criminal investigation into the fact of spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti in Mariupol

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the fact of spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti in Mariupol
04/06/2020

While monitoring publications on the Internet, police officers came across information that some time ago graffiti had been found on one of the buildings in Mariupol, the content of which was aimed at inciting hatred against people of Jewish nationality. A pre-trial investigation of that fact was launched on May 13. This is stated in a letter from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine.

The letter also informs that a total of 9 cases of anti-Semitism manifestations have been reported since the beginning of the year.

In particular, the property of the Cultural and Educational Center “Beys Stern Shulman” in Kryvyi Rih was damaged in January. In the same month, a female resident of the Ternopil region shared anti-Semitic publications on Facebook.

In early February, a Cherkasy resident called on Facebook to exterminate Jews. And at the end of February, a member of the local Jewish community was attacked by a drunken man in the Vinnytsia synagogue.

In early April, a resident of Ivano-Frankivsk region shared anti-Semitic materials on the Facebook social network. At the end of April, an attempt was made to set fire to the synagogue of the Kherson Jewish religious community Chabad.

A pre-trial investigation was launched into each of those facts. The indictment has already been submitted to the court on one of those nine facts, the pre-trial investigation of 6 more offenses is ongoing, and a decision has been taken to close the criminal proceedings on the other 2 cases.

As previously reported, an agreement on cooperation between the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Internal Affairs was reached in 2018 at a meeting with the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov. This cooperation has shown its effectiveness since then, both in monitoring the manifestations of anti-Semitism and in responding promptly to the offenses based on religious and national intolerance.

Law enforcement officers constantly monitor the operational situation to detect information about the radical sentiments of both individuals and organizations. Operative and preventive actions at the places of concentration of radical groups are also performed, as stated in the letter of the Ministry of Internal Affairs addressed to the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine.