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Man sentenced in Yaroslavl blast

MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (JTA) — A 29-year-old man was sentenced late last week to three years in prison for the bombing of the Jewish community center in Yaroslavl. An explosive charge equivalent to more than 2 pounds of TNT was used in April’s attack in Yaroslavl, which is located about 130 miles northeast of Moscow. The bombing caused no injuries, but led to $40,000 in damage to the community center. Aleksandr Sypin, who is unemployed, was convicted of damaging property and illegal possession of weapons. He received the maximum sentence. Sypin was a member of Derzhava, Russian for “Power,” a small Yaroslavl-based group of ultranationalist youths. In the 1980s, he was a member of Pamyat, or “Memory,” which at the time was Russia’s largest ultranationalist, anti-Semitic organization.