UCSJ Action Alert!
Tyumen, Russia Jewish Community Under Siege


(October 23, 2001)

TYUMEN, RUSSIA JEWISH COMMUNITY UNDER SIEGE

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union today launched a campaign to pressure local authorities to arrest neo-Nazis who have been terrorizing the Tyumen Jewish community. Skinheads in that city have smashed the windows of a synagogue under reconstruction seven times, most recently on September 29. Although the "Tyumen Aryan Skinheads" bragged about the attack on their web site, local authorities seem reluctant to take action to protect the Jewish community, terming the attacks "young people's hooliganism" rather than antisemitic violence.

A local Jewish leader has said that, "members of the community are afraid to go to the synagogue that is a constant target of antisemitic groups. They do not want to be seen there and they are afraid for their children."

Until it was shut down last week, the web site of the "Tyumen Aryan Skinheads" contained pictures of young neo-Nazis making fascist salutes near the Tyumen synagogue and among the ruins of a former synagogue in the city. There were also written accounts of their violent "raids" on "sub-humans" in the city, including this account of their latest attack on the synagogue:

"Heading towards the local synagogue, we wanted to help make the renovation work on it last longer, so we sent to the corner two guys so that they would wave to us when the bus approached. We then gathered some stones. Nearby, some kind of strange man with a dog was walking, and this bothered us, but having then figured out the complicated nature of his situation, he hid himself. At this point, the bus was approaching so we (15 people) moved toward the side of the synagogue. Each of us threw, at minimum, two stones at the kike-mason abode, and I have never heard a more pleasant sound of breaking glass in all my life. Immediately afterwards we made a beeline for the bus stop, where the bus was waiting for us. We all then went home. We reminded the kikes once again that there is no place for them here and that next time, instead of stones, we will have Molotov cocktails."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED

Please copy the sample letters below to the governor of Tyumen Oblast and the mayor of Tyumen asking that they ensure that a criminal investigation is started against the skinheads.

PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAILS TO action@ucsj.com or FAX a letter to our national office at (202) 775-9776 or MAIL COPIES OF SIGNED SAMPLE LETTERS to: UCSJ, 1819 H. St., NW Suite 230, Washington, D.C. 20006. We will then collect and forward your appeals to the relevant authorities. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS ALERT AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE. Please include your name and address or, if you prefer, your name and city of residence at the end of the sample letters.

SAMPLE LETTER #1

October 23, 2001

Sergey S. Sobyanin Governor Tyumen Oblast Tyumen 625000 Ul. Volodarskogo, 45 Administration of Tyumen Oblast

Respected Governor Sobyanin!

I am writing to express my concern over a wave of neo-Nazi attacks against the Jewish community of Tyumen. Skinheads in that city have smashed the windows of a synagogue under reconstruction seven times, most recently on September 29. Although the "Tyumen Aryan Skinheads" bragged about the attack on their web site, no arrests have been made.

Until it was shut down last week, the web site of the "Tyumen Aryan Skinheads" contained pictures of young neo-Nazis making fascist salutes near the Tyumen synagogue and among the ruins of a former synagogue in the city. There were also written accounts of their violent "raids" on "sub-humans" in the city, including this account of their most recent attack on the synagogue:

"Heading towards the local synagogue, we wanted to help make the renovation work on it last longer, so we sent to the corner two guys so that they would wave to us when the bus approached. We then gathered some stones. Nearby, some kind of strange man with a dog was walking, and this bothered us, but having then figured out the complicated nature of his situation, he hid himself. At this point, the bus was approaching so we (15 people) moved toward the side of the synagogue. Each of us threw, at minimum, two stones at the kike-mason abode, and I have never heard a more pleasant sound of breaking glass in all my life. Immediately afterwards we made a beeline for the bus stop, where the bus was waiting for us. We all then went home. We reminded the kikes once again that there is no place for them here and that next time, instead of stones, we will have Molotov cocktails."

Respected Governor! Since the perpetrators of these hateful deeds have publicly admitted their guilt, it is my hope that you will exercise your authority to ensure that proper measures are taken to ensure the safety of the Jewish community. The actions of these extremists fall under Article 282 of the Criminal Code. Failure to start a criminal case against these dangerous thugs will send a signal of impunity to other extremists in your region that could very well lead to more violence.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE LETTER #2

October 23, 2001

Stepan M. Kirichuk Mayor of Tyumen Tyumen 625000 Ul. Pervomayskaya, 20 Administration of Tyumen City

Respected Mayor Kirichuk!

I am writing to express my concern over a wave of neo-Nazi attacks against the Jewish community of Tyumen. Skinheads in that city have smashed the windows of a synagogue under reconstruction seven times, most recently on September 29. Although the "Tyumen Aryan Skinheads" bragged about the attack on their web site, no arrests have been made.

Until it was shut down last week, the web site of the "Tyumen Aryan Skinheads" contained pictures of young neo-Nazis making fascist salutes near the Tyumen synagogue and among the ruins of a former synagogue in the city. There were also written accounts of their violent "raids" on "sub-humans" in the city, including this account of their most recent attack on the synagogue:

"Heading towards the local synagogue, we wanted to help make the renovation work on it last longer, so we sent to the corner two guys so that they would wave to us when the bus approached. We then gathered some stones. Nearby, some kind of strange man with a dog was walking, and this bothered us, but having then figured out the complicated nature of his situation, he hid himself. At this point, the bus was approaching so we (15 people) moved toward the side of the synagogue. Each of us threw, at minimum, two stones at the kike-mason abode, and I have never heard a more pleasant sound of breaking glass in all my life. Immediately afterwards we made a beeline for the bus stop, where the bus was waiting for us. We all then went home. We reminded the kikes once again that there is no place for them here and that next time, instead of stones, we will have Molotov cocktails."

Respected Mayor! Since the perpetrators of these hateful deeds have publicly admitted their guilt, it is my hope that you will exercise your authority to ensure that proper measures are taken to ensure the safety of the Jewish community. The actions of these extremists fall under Article 282 of the Criminal Code. Failure to start a criminal case against these dangerous thugs will send a signal of impunity to other extremists in your city that could very well lead to more violence.

Sincerely,


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