In the last few days, leaflets have been distributed around eastern Ukraine, by pro-Russian separatists carrying Russian flags, demanding that Jews register with pro-Russian forces, or face deportation.
The leaflets read as follows (translated from Russian):
“Dear citizens of Jewish nationality! Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community in Ukraine supported Bendery junta in Kiev, and is hostile to Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens, Main Headquarters Donetsk republic ruled as follows: All citizens of Jewish nationality over 16 years, residing in the territory of a sovereign republic Donetsk need to before May 3, 2014 come to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the building of Donetsk Regional Administration, Office 514 for registration. The registration fee is U.S. $ 50. If you should have cash in the amount of U.S. $ 50 registration fee for passports to mark the religion, documents of family members, as well as documents of title to all real property owned by you and vehicles. In case of evasion from registering, perpetrators will be stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property. “
A copy of the leaflet was published by the Novosti Donbassa news service:
US Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in today: “Just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews, indicating that they have to identify themselves as Jews. And obviously, the accompanying threat implied is [garbled] or suffer the consequences… In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled in all the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable.”
Interestingly, the Russians have been trying to justify their invasion and annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, and their, some think, imminent invasion of the eastern Ukraine, in part by the claim that the Ukrainian government, and Maidan protesters, are controlled by Nazis.
In fact, the government, and protesters, do include members of the far-right, but this is a sadly common occurence in a number of European countries, including France, Greece and Sweden, among others. Ukraine is no different.
Now, a government that does condone the actions of neo-Nazis, and which refuses to arrest them for serial abductions of over 1,000 people, is the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as I’ve documented repeatedly.
Putin has tolerated for going on two years now a neo-Nazi ring with branches in at least 30 Russian cities, and which claims to have abducted and tortured nearly 1,500 young people, mostly gay – some as young as 13 years of age. The neo-Nazis are virulently anti-Semitic, and admirers of Adolf Hitler, a man who cost the Russian 20 million lives during World War II. Apparently, the Putin regime has gotten over the traditional Russian disgust at all things Nazi.
Because the neo-Nazis share Putin’s agenda of attacking minorities, including gays, blacks and jews, the Kremlin is fine with letting them continue their criminal enterprise, mostly on the social media site VKontakte (VK.com), controlled by Putin ally Alister Usmanov. Usmanov’s other properties benefit from investments from the NYC and New York State pension funds, and the pension fund of the state of California, CalPERS.
NY state and NYC, in addition to the state of California, apparently have no problem investing in Putin-allied Russian oligarchs who run ventures used by neo-Nazis to plan the abductions of 13 year old gay children.