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Volume 8, Number 32

August 8, 2008 

BIGOTRY MONITOR 

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and 
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe 

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI 
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor) 

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 
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The Russia authorities crack down on minority Christians while the news
media whip up hysteria. Regional media is playing a role reminiscent of
the Soviet era by demonizing minority Christians at the same time that
federal and regional government agencies are engaged in a widespread
hate campaign. Here are five examples that UCSJ monitoring has detected.

1. ORTHODOX CHURCH AND FSB HAVE 'THE SAME GOAL' 

2. PASTOR CALLED AN AMERICAN SPY

3. JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES CALLED 'ANTI-GOVERNMENT' 

4. CONSTRUCTION OF CHURCH NOT PERMITTED

5. ORTHODOX CLERGY LEADS CRUSADE AGAINST JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

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JURY FINDS THREE GUILTY OF MURDER IN MOB VIOLENCE

MOST MUSCOVITES OBJECT TO MIGRANTS, POLL FINDS

U.N. PANEL CONCERNED WITH RISE IN RACIST ATTACKS IN RUSSIA

MIGRATION OFFICIALS COLLECT MILLIONS IN FINES

ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS RISE 9% IN BRITAIN

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, SOLZHENITSYN'S LEGACY * * * 


THE HERO WHO EXPOSED THE LIES OF AN EMPIRE
Solzhenitsyn Soared as the Gulag's Chronicler; His Decline Saddened
Admirers

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Volume 8, Number 31
August 1, 2008 

BIGOTRY MONITOR 

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and 
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe 

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI 
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor) 

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 
___________________________________________________________ 

BELARUS OPENS ZELTSER'S TRIAL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

HATE CRIMES IN MOSCOW RISE SIXFOLD, CITY OFFICIALS DENY SURGE

SKINHEADS SUSPECTED IN 21 ETHNIC KILLINGS

ETHNIC RUSSIAN FACES JAIL TERM FOR SENDING ANTI-RUSSIAN HATE TEXTS

FAR-RIGHT YOUTHS FACE TERRORISM CHARGES

MASKED MEN BURN TAJIKS OUT OF THEIR HOMES IN MOSCOW

TWO MINORITIES STABBED IN ST. PETERSBURG

TRIO ATTACKS CHINESE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

ST. PETERSBURG SOCCER FANS FINED FOR RACISM

LVIV OFFICE OF JEWISH YOUTH PROGRAM ATTACKED, STAFF BEATEN

CHINESE STUDENTS STABBED IN KIEV

PALESTINIAN MEDICAL STUDENT BEATEN

PROJECT LAUNCHED TO COMBAT XENOPHOBIA, ANTISEMITISM IN UKRAINE


* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, A FORM OF SLAVERY * * * 


HATRED FEEDS ON LIES, DISTORTIONS, AND BUREAUCRATIC BLUNDERS
Is This the Summer of Targeting the Internal Enemy?

1. RUSSIAN PROSECUTORS USE EXTREMISM LAW TO GO AFTER BAPTISTS

2. GHETTOS FOR GASTARBEITERS IN MOSCOW? 

3. LIST OF OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GREAT FAMINE IS DOCTORED

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Volume 8, Number 30 
July 25, 2008 

BIGOTRY MONITOR 

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and 
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe 

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI 
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor) 

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 
___________________________________________________________ 

TOP RUSSIAN HEALTH OFFICER CHARGES U.S.-BACKED 'NICOTINE GENOCIDE' 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME

RUSSIAN MUFTIS CALL FOR REVIEWING LIST OF BANNED RELIGIOUS BOOKS

JEWISH CEMETERY VANDALIZED

ANTI-FASCIST ARRESTED AFTER STABBING INCIDENT

RUSSIANS LESS HOSTILE TO THE U.S. 

THE DECLINE OF THE KREMLIN'S YOUTH MOVEMENT

REMAINS STOLEN FROM MASS GRAVE OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS

KHARKOV POLICE TARGET FOREIGNERS FOR SHAKEDOWNS

BOSNIAN SERB WAR CRIMINAL ARRESTED

IN ITALY, GYPSY CHILDREN TO GET CITIZENSHIP


* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, THE FUTILITY OF WAITING FOR A PRO-WEST LEADER *
* *


A NEW CAMPAIGN AGAINST JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES IN RUSSIA
Actions Taken in Several Cities and Articles in the Press Suggest a
Coordinated Attack

Within one month, prosecutors in three cities - Asbest, Murmansk, and
Taganrog - have taken actions targeting Jehovah's Witnesses, suggesting
that their efforts are part of a coordinated campaign.

1. INCITEMENT OF RELIGIOUS HATRED CHARGED

2. REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS DEMONIZE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

3. AUTHORITIES BLOCK JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES MEETINGS

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Volume 8, Number 29 
July 18, 2008 

BIGOTRY MONITOR 

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and 
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe 

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI 
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor) 

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 
___________________________________________________________ 

MEDVEDEV HECTORS NEIGHBORS REVISING WORLD WAR II HISTORY

FOUR NEO-NAZI YOUTHS ARE CHARGED WITH MURDER AND HATE CRIME

IN NOVOSIBIRSK, FOUR YOUTHS CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME MURDER

IN MOSCOW, WELL-DRESSED EXTREMIST ATTACKS ARTIST WITH DREADLOCKS

ANTISEMITIC EDITOR CHARGED WITH EXTREMISM

IN ORENBURG, SYNAGOGUE VANDALS ARE DETAINED

IN IVANOVO, SWASTIKA DAUBED ON DOOR OF JEWISH COMMUNITY LEADER

NOVOSIBIRSK PROSECUTOR ASKS FOR BLOCKING 'EXTREMIST' WEB SITES

NEW VISA RULES PROMPT MORMONS TO STOP SENDING MISSIONARIES TO RUSSIA

NEWSPAPER OF STATE-FUNDED UKRAINIAN YOUTH GROUP CALLS JEWS 'SATANIC' 

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL VANDALIZED IN POLTAVA, UKRAINE

BELARUS TERROR ESCALATES

UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AWAITS UZBEK FOR READING 'PROHIBITED' CHRISTIAN
TEXT

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, THE WAR TO BE STOPPED * * * "Many suspect that
Crimea could be the next target if Moscow subjugates Georgia and then
shifts
its sights to Ukraine," Ronald D. Asmus, head of the Brussels-based
Transatlantic Center, wrote in "The Washington Post" opinion page in a
July
15 article titled "A War The West Must Stop."  "Whatever the failings of
these countries, they deserve better in the 21st century. They should be
free to choose their own paths and to become normal democratic
societies,
including joining the European Union or NATO, if they so choose. That is
why
we should stand up for Georgia today. Accepting Moscow's demand for a
sphere
of influence was wrong in 1945. It would be wrong again today."


TWO VARIETIES OF FEAR IN RUSSIA
Former Prisoners Charge Systematic Torture; Polls Show that Most
Russians
Fear the Authorities

1. NPR REPORTS EXTREME ABUSE OF PRISONERS

2. MOST RUSSIANS FEEL THREATENED BY THE AUTHORITIES

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Volume 8, Number 28 
July 11, 2008 

BIGOTRY MONITOR 

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and 
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe 

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI 
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor) 

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 
___________________________________________________________ 

The plight of migrants is worldwide. Government policies vary, depending
on their perceptions of "the threat," but xenophobic organizations are
gaining strength, catering to the public's fears. 

1. RUSSIAN ANTI-MIGRANT GROUP LEADER URGES 'DECISIVE MEASURES' 

2. HELSINKI COMMISSION PROTESTS FINGERPRINTING ROMA

3. ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION WIDESPREAD IN EU, NEW STUDY SAYS

4. AFRICAN INFLUX TO ITALY UP AGAIN

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NEO-NAZIS SUSPECTED IN A SERIES OF STABBINGS IN MOSCOW METRO

TEENAGERS ATTACK TWO TAJIKS ON MOSCOW TRAIN

RUSSIA BANS 151 NATIONALIST AND ISLAMIC PUBLICATIONS

TAJIKISTAN'S ONLY SYNAGOGUE RAZED

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, SUMMIT SMILES BUT NO PROGRESS ON ISSUES * * *

UKRAINIAN COURTS BEGIN TO APPLY HATE CRIME LAWS
But Most Violations Fail to Result in Detention and Prosecution 

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Volume 8, Number 27 
July 3, 2008 

BIGOTRY MONITOR 

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and 
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe 

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI 
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor) 

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 
___________________________________________________________ 

NINE OUT OF TEN FOREIGN NGOS IN RUSSIA MUST PAY TAXES, PUTIN DECREES

LVIV MAYOR SADOVIY ASKED TO SAVE HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE SITE

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL VANDALIZED IN LVIV

BELARUS KGB TACKS ON YET ANOTHER CHARGE AGAINST AMERICAN LAWYER

SKINHEAD GANG ON TRIAL FOR KILLING 20 IN MOSCOW

NEO-NAZIS KILL TAJIK IN MOSCOW METRO

SIX NEO-NAZIS CONVICTED FOR MURDER

PROSECUTORS CHARGE SECURITY GUARD WITH HATE CRIME

AFTER A THREE-MONTH MANHUNT, POLICE DETAIN NEO-NAZI

LIGHT SENTENCES FOR EXTREMISTS WHO INCITED VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS

FAR-RIGHT ACTIVISTS CONVICTED FOR THREATENING JURY

UZBEKISTAN CONTROLS IMPORT OF RELIGIOUS LITERATURE

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, KREMLIN PLANS MORE JAIL TIME FOR FOE * * *


TURMOIL IN THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Despite One Bishop's Disobedience, Church and State Likely to Grow
Closer

1. CHURCH REMOVES BISHOP DIOMID FROM OFFICE

2. DEFIANT DIOMID PROTESTS 'CHURCH AUTHORITARIANISM' 

3. ORTHODOX CHURCH STATES: FREEDOM OF CHOICE IS NOT AN ABSOLUTE VALUE

4. MINORITY CHRISTIANS DEMONIZED AT RYAZAN UNIVERSITY

5. PUTIN LAUDS ORTHODOX CHURCH AND PLEDGES MORE SUPPORT

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