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Fliers Call for Jews to Register with Pro-Russians in Ukrainian City-Pending Investigation!


Fliers Call for Jews to Register with Pro-Russians in Ukrainian City-Pending Investigation!

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Fliers Call for Jews to Register with Pro-Russians in Ukrainian City-Pending Investigation!

Summary of eRumor:
Fliers were circulated to Jewish worshipers in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk as they left Passover Services. The leaflets were passed out by masked men and demanded that Jews register and pay a fine, or leave the area.

The Truth:
The leaflets were passed out to Jewish worshipers, but the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic disavowed them, according to an April 17, 2014, article by the New York Times.
The Times reported that the leaflets “were supposedly signed by Denis Pushilin, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the newly declared and unrecognized state that claims to represent ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine. But that group and other pro-Russian groups quickly denied they had anything to do with them.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out against the action while he was in Geneva. He said “after all of the miles traveled in all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it’s grotesque, is beyond unacceptable.” This according to an April 17, 2014, article by The National Journal.
The TruthOrFiction.com Team is following this story closely and will post findings here as they develop.
Posted 04/18/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Fliers call for Jews to register with pro-Russians in Ukrainian city
Separatists in Donetsk deny involvement in circulation of documents calling for Jews 16 and up to register at occupied government building. Donetsk ukraine

Pro-Russian armed men walk past the mayor’s office in Donetsk April 16, 2014.
Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of flyers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.

The flyers were distributed earlier this week in the city, where pro-Russian separatists led by Denis Pushilin this month took over several government buildings and declared their secession from Ukraine as the Donetsk Republic amid a standoff with authorities.

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The flyers were official-looking documents that carried what was presented as Pushilin’s signature, but the news site tvrain.ru on Wednesday quoted Pushilin as denying any connection to the flyers, calling them a provocation.

On Tuesday, the news website novosti.dn.ua reported that the flyers were handed out that day by three unidentified men in balaclava masks carrying a flag of the Russian Federation. According to the report, the men distributed the flyers next to a local synagogue. The website quoted unnamed sources from the local Jewish community as saying that the flyers were an attempt to provoke a conflict and blame the attack on the separatists.

Several anti-Semitic attacks, including a stabbing and the attempted torching of a synagogue, have occurred in Ukraine since the eruption in November of a revolution over the perceived pro-Russian policies of former President Viktor Yanukvych. He was ousted from power in February.

Many supporters of the revolution blamed pro-Russian provocateurs for the attacks.

The flyers in Donetsk said all Jews who are 16 years old and above should register at the government building, which separatist protesters are occupying, and pay a registration fee of $50 by May 3.

“Jews supported the nationalistic gang of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev,” the authors wrote in reference to the Ukrainian Nationalist leader who in the 1940s fought with Nazi Germany against Soviet troops before he and his men took up arms against the German occupation.

The flyers also said Jews were hostile to the Donetsk Republic.

They were required to report any real estate and automobiles, the flyers also said.