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October 13, 2010

Russian Jewish center vandalized twice

http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/russian_jewish_center_vandalized_twice_20101013

A Jewish center in central Russia was vandalized for the second time in a week.

Anti-Semitic pictures and epithets were found Tuesday painted on the walls of the center in Barnaul, Radio Free Europe reported. Similar graffiti had been found Oct. 7 on the building, which opened in January 2008.

Police are using fingerprints taken from the center’s walls in their investigation.

Barnaul, in southwestern Siberia, has a population of 650,000.

Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Yisroel Kamenetsky, a native Russian, told chabad.org when the center opened that the official Jewish population of Barnaul is more than 1,000, but that the actual number is probably three or four times that figure.

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