MINELRES: Bigotry Monitor: Volume 8, Numbers 17-21 (content)

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Volume 8, Number 21 
Friday, May 23, 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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U.S. 'DEEPLY CONCERNED' WITH U.S. CITIZEN ZELTSER'S HEALTH IN BELARUS
JAIL

MOSCOW PROSECUTORS SUMMON ART CURATOR

NEO-NAZI GANG CHARGED WITH 32 ATTACKS ON MEMBERS OF ETHNIC MINORITIES

NEO-NAZIS BRUTALIZE THREE ON THE MOSCOW METRO

RAID ON NEO-NAZI'S HOME YIELDS ARSENAL OF WEAPONS

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER ATTACKED

RACIST ATTACK IN KALININGRAD

PRESS INSTITUTE URGES MEDVEDEV TO REVERSE PLIGHT OF RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS

DUMA STOPS BACKING STRINGENT NEW MEDIA LAW

IN KIEV, FAR-RIGHT RALLY FEATURES ANTISEMITIC AND ANTI-RUSSIAN SLOGANS

AFTER ANTI-GYPSY RIOT, BERLUSCONI THREATENS CRACKDOWN ON MIGRANTS

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, BLAMING ALL GOVERNMENTS * * * 

HATE CRIMES DENIED, ACTIVISTS FOR AND AGAINST MINORITIES TURN TO
VIOLENCE
Rise of Xenophobia Prompts New Approaches

1. AN OASIS OF PEACE? 

2. EXTREMISTS ATTACK RULING PARTY AS SOFT ON MIGRANTS

3. ANTIFASCISTS SAY THEY ARE 'DRIVEN TO VIOLENCE' 

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Volume 8, Number 20 
Friday, May 16, 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 charge is incitement of ethnic or religious hatred but Russian
prosecutors act on the basis of the law against extremism that is only
vaguely defined, allowing the government to punish its critics. The
following six cases suggest that Russian authorities are stepping up
hate crime prosecutions, perhaps in response to President Dmitry
Medvedev's emphasis on the importance of the law. However, human rights
advocates also see the government determined to exploit the law to
further stifle freedom of expression.  

1. MOSCOW ART GALLERY DIRECTOR CHARGED

2. CHERKIZOV MARKET BOMBERS GET LIFE SENTENCES

3. SIX NEO-NAZIS SENTENCED IN MOSCOW

4. VANDALS OF KRASNOYARSK JEWISH CEMETERY FACE CHARGES OF ETHNIC HATRED

5. TWO CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME, MISTAKENLY ATTACKING FELLOW SLAV

6. WEB SITE CHARGED WITH ETHNIC HATRED

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NEO-NAZIS ASSAULT GAY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

ANTISEMITIC VIOLENCE IN TULA

CEMETERIES DESECRATED IN TWO RUSSIAN REGIONS

GERMAN CELEBRITIES JOIN CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEO-NAZISM

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TWO CORRECTIONS 

1. NO HITLER DOLLS FOR SALE IN KIEV
     
2. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONDEMNS RUSSIA FOR THREATENING GEORGIA
 
* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, UKRAINE AS AN ISLAND OF FREEDOM * * * 


STALIN'S APOLOGISTS GO INTO THE OFFENSIVE
Historians Steeped in the Stalin Era Attempt to Restart the Stalin Cult

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1. FSB CALLS FOR CANCELING 1989 DENUNCIATION OF 1939 STALIN-HITLER PACT

2. PAVLOVA: REVERSION TO STALINIST LIES WILL TURN PEOPLE TO THE TRUTH

3. BELARUS KGB PRESSURES ORTHODOX NOT TO VENERATE SOVIET-ERA MARTYRS

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Volume 8, Number 18
Friday, May 2, 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 IS ASKED TO RELEASE U.S. LAWYER

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As more news of the hate festival marking Adolf Hitler's birthday come
in, some Russian officials crack down on hate crimes while others
continue to issue denials of the existence of neo-Nazi groups.

1. NEO-NAZIS MURDER RUSSIAN STUDENT, INJURE ANOTHER

2. NEO-NAZIS STAB AND BEAT UZBEKS

3. NIZHNY NOVGOROD POLICE LAUNCH OPERATION AGAINST EXTREMISTS

4. 'NO EXTREMIST GROUPS HERE,' STAVROPOL OFFICIALS DECLARE

5. VANDALS STRIKE JEWISH CEMETERY NEAR ODESSA

6. HITLER DOLLS ON SALE IN UKRAINE

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FAR-RIGHT MARCH IN MOSCOW ENDS IN RACIST VIOLENCE

MOSCOW AGAIN BANS GAY PARADE

AUTHORITIES MAY HAVE PREVENTED ANTI-MIGRANT RIOT

TWO YOUTHS SENTENCED IN HATE CRIME CASE

JURY FINDS FOUR GUILTY OF KILLING 14 TRADERS AT A MOSCOW MARKET

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, WARNINGS AND BOASTS BY LUKASHENKO * * * 


U.S. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GROUP DECRIES RISE OF RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA 
Annual Report Paints a Bleak Picture

1. RACIST AND XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE RAMPANT IN OSCE REGION
2. RUSSIA MUST COUNTER 'SEVERE VIOLATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM' 
3. BELARUS GUILTY OF 'SERIOUS VIOLATIONS' 
4. REPRESSION IN TURKMENISTAN 'LARGELY UNCHANGED' 

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Volume 8, Number 17
Friday, April 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
___________________________________________________________ 

Russia's powerful Ministry of the Interior has weighed in on the debate
on the grave dangers posed by the growth of extremism. Its statements
suggest proprietary interest in the subject. But not everyone in the
government is in agreement on the numbers of far-rights activists and
their significance.

1. RUSSIA'S INTERIOR MINISTRY RAISES ALARM OVER EXREMIST CRIME SURGE

2. "EXTREMISM POSES GREATER THREAT THAN TERRORISM." 

3. KRASNODAR PROSECUTOR WORRIED ABOUT RISING EXTREMISM

4. ST. PETERSBURG PROSECUTORS SAY HATE CRIMES NUMBERS DROP

5. RUSSIAN PROSECUTORS SAY CUSTOMS OFFICIALS FAIL TO BLOCK EXTREMISM

6. POLICE STANDS BY AS FAR-RIGHT RALLY THREATENS TERRORISM

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THREE RACIST ATTACKS SO FAR THIS YEAR IN TAMBOV

FIVE ARRESTED FOR RACIST MURDER

RARE HATE CRIME CONVICTION IN UKRAINE

VANDAL DETAINED FOR BREAKING ESTONIAN BAPTIST CHURCH'S WINDOW

TURKMEN OFFICIALS RAID BIBLE CLASS

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, MASSACRE OF LONG AGO REMEMBERED * * * 


NEO-NAZIS CELEBRATE HITLER'S BIRTHDAY
No Sign of the Nazi Cult Losing Strength

The days before and after Adolf Hitler's birthday, April 20, neo-Nazis
mark the occasion by conducting themselves in ways that would please
their dead Fuhrer. So far this year, only a few routine incidents have
been reported in the former Soviet Union. But in the last incident, in a
Ukrainian town that has been in recent months a focus of vicious
antisemitic incidents, officials cooperated by defending a grave
desecration with an explanation that would have made Yosif Stalin proud.

1. IN THREE DAYS, THREE NON-SLAVS KILLED IN RUSSIA

2. SWASTIKA FLAG APPEARS IN LITHUANIA

3. DOZENS OF SWASTIKAS DAUBED ON BELARUS HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

4. ANTISEMITIC VANDALISM IN UKRAINE

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