Anti-Semitic vandals sentenced to prison in Russia

Two young men were sentenced by a Russian court for vandalizing a Jewish cemetery twice over the past 18 months.

Roman Aristov was given a two-year suspended sentence by the court in Voronezh, while Andrey Bobkov was sentenced to 25 months in prison for the crime of “mockery of the bodies of the dead and their places of burial motivated by ethnic or religious hatred,” according to the Russian news Web site Newsru.com.

In the fall of 2006 and again last March, the defendants vandalized a Jewish cemetery, defacing some tombstones with swastikas and knocking others down. Russian courts rarely sentence cemetery vandals to prison time.

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