Pro-Russian forces in Donetsk have begun handing out information pamphlets that require Jewish citizens in the region to register with the Russian separatists or face deportation. The pamphlets were handed out at a synagogue in the region and were signed off on by Denis Pushilin, the man denoting himself as the “people’s governor.” The pamphlet states that any Jew over the age of 16 must register at the government building currently being occupied by pro-Russian separatists. It also states that Jews must declare their assets as well as any real estate that they own. The pamphlet has not been able to be independently verified, however, people saw three men in military uniforms similar to what the pro-Russian separatists wear handing out the flyers in front of the synagogue.
A flyer bearing the stamps of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk has allegedly ordered all Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city to register with the pro-Russian separatists – or face deportation.
The leaflet, signed by self-styled “people’s governor” Denis Pushilin, has been handed over to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue, according to Novosti Donbassa (Donbass News) news agency.
It orders all Jews aged over 16 years old to register before the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents in defiance of Kiev rule.
Jews would also have to pay a registration fee of $50 (£30) before 3 May and list all real estate and vehicles owned.
The registration and the fee are due because the Jewish leaders “supported the nationalist junta of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev” and are hostile “to Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens.
“In case of failure to register, the perpetrators will be stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property.”
Novosti Donbassa reported that the leaflet was distributed by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation” with the aim of causing a conflict, then “to blame the attack on separatists”.
The authenticity of the leaflet could not be independently verified.
The purported anti-Semitic leaflet comes after a UN investigation found that ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine intentionally seized on exaggerated reports of attacks by Ukrainian nationalists to justify Russian involvement in the region.