Public menorah in Russia vandalized


(JTA) — Vandals damaged a public menorah in a Russian city.

The vandals also damaged posters and decorations set up around the menorah in Monday’s incident in downtown Smolensk, according to the Interfax news service.

Smolensk Rabbi Levi Mondshain and head of the local Jewish community Zinovy Agranat filed an official complaint with police, according to the report.

Hundreds of Jews had gathered Sunday in Victory Square in downtown Smolensk for a public candlelighting ceremony.

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