Ukraine / 08-06-2012
Ukraine police nab 3 teens suspected of desecrating Jewish mass grave
Ukrainian police on Thursday arrested three teenagers suspected of desecrating a mass grave of Holocaust victims near Rivne.
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian police said police believe the suspects, aged 17-19, sprayed swastikas on the monument near the Rivne killing site in western Ukraine on June 6.
Rabbi Shneor Schneersohn, chief rabbi of Rivne, told JTA, “The attack had clearly been anti-Semitic.” He said the perpetrators sprayed anti-Semitic profanities on the monument, smashed light fixtures and floor tiles.
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian interior ministry said the suspects would be prosecuted for hooliganism. If convicted, they could face a four-year prison term.