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For the second time in a week, a Russian newspaper editor was charged for publishing anti-Semitic statements.

Prosecutors in Rostov-On-Don charged the editor of a local newspaper with incitement of ethnic and religious hatred for an article he wrote disparaging Chasidim, according to a report Wednesday from the monitoring group the Union Council for Jews in the Former Soviet Union.

The editor of the weekly Priazovsky Kray faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted.

Earlier this week, prosecutors in the eastern Siberian town of Chita charged a local newspaper editor with extremism for an issue of the publication in February.

Editor Alexander Yaremenko had published several articles with anti-Semitic statements in the official publication of the local branch of the Union of Russian People and received several warnings from local officials.

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