Relative of Israel’s first president beaten

MOSCOW (JTA) — A Russian woman related to Israel’s first president was beaten in her home in an attack with anti-Semitic overtones.

Tatyana Bogotyreva, a distant relative of Chaim Weizmann, was injured when a tenant attacked her overnight on March 11 as she slept in her Moscow apartment. The assailant called her a "kike," a report by Jewish.ru said Tuesday.

After drinking vodka, the attacker broke into Bogotyreva’s room and woke her, demanding that she fix the television, the report said. Bogotyreva screamed and a neighbor summoned the police.

The officers detained the tenant, but he was released the following day. Police have not decided whether to press charges. Bogotyreva went to the hospital with bruises on her back, legs and shoulders.

Bogotyreva said it wasn’t the first time her family has suffered for being Jewish.

"My family suffered all through the Soviet years because of our relation to Chaim Weizmann," she said, adding that family members were called to the KGB offices and pressed for information, according to Jewish.ru.

 

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