Russian editor guilty of printing anti-Semitism


A Russian newspaper editor received a year-and-a-half suspended sentence for publishing an anti-Semitic article.

Nabigula Dzhavatkhanov published an article in January 2005 called “An Answer to Zionists” in the
independent newspaper Mnenie Naroda, or Opinion of the People, distributed in a majority Muslim republic on Russia’s southern border, according to the Sova Information-Analytical Center.

The editor was found guilty of inciting ethnic hatred under Russia’s hate crimes laws.

The article’s author also was found guilty, but the statute of limitations had expired and he will not be sent to prison, according to a report in the Jewish News Agency.

A court in Dagestan, a republic in the turbulent Caucasus region of Russia, found that the article “contained statements intended to stir up enmity and hatred toward the Jewish people.”

Socio-psychological experts examined the article, the local prosecutor said, and determined it contained “signs of extremism.”


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