Two local Jewish leaders in a Ukrainian city accused a member of the city council of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.
In an open letter released last week, the leaders of Jewish organizations in Kherson accused Sergey Kirichenko, a member of the Union of Left Powers in Ukraine, of systematic anti-Semitic propaganda.
According to the letter, Kirichenko in several appearances on the local radio show â€œVikâ€ and in the local Vik publication accused Jews of robbing the Ukrainians, plotting to enslave them and exterminate Slavs in general. Kirichenko also said that Jews â€œoccupied the region,” and he posted â€œCatechism of a Jew in the USSRâ€ — an updated version of the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” — on his personal Web site.
Kirichenko also praised the Nazi occupation of Kherson, a city of 329,000 in southern Ukraine, during the Holocaust.
Hate speech is illegal in Ukraine. It is unclear whether local authorities will bring charges over Kirichenkoâ€™s statements.
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