Report: Jews Forced to 'Register' in Ukraine Town
Masked men in Donetsk hand out ominous leaflets
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2014 3:36 PM CDT
People lay flowers to a menorah monument close to a Babi Yar ravine where Nazis machine-gunned tens of thousands of Jews during WWII, in Kiev, Ukraine, in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

(Newser) – Masked militiamen in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are handing out fliers demanding that Jews register with the self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist government there, Jews in the area tell Ynet News. The leaflet explains that because Jews "supported the Bendentry Junta," meaning the nationalist movement that supported Ukrainian independence following World War II, "and oppose the pro-Slavic People's Republic of Donetsk," they must register all their property, and pay a $50 fee, or else lose their citizenship and property, and face deportation.

The masked men, who according to Haaretz carried a Russian Federation flag, waited outside synagogues and handed out the fliers following Passover prayers. The letter bears the supposed signature of Denis Pushilin, self-proclaimed chairman of the separatist government. Pushilin acknowledged that the fliers are going around, but denies involvement, USA Today reports. John Kerry condemned the letters as "grotesque" and "beyond unacceptable." An Anti-Defamation League official says anti-Semitism has been a current running through the separatist movement.

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Apr 18, 2014 5:50 AM CDT
I wonder how many gullible yanks will take this ridiculous lie as fact. You have to be totally ignorant of history and cause behind east and south uprising. 98% of yanks don't know and don't want to know what orange ribbons with black stripes mean. After perpetuating something as ignorant as this story please don't complain when the world calls you dumb or stupid.
Apr 18, 2014 1:42 AM CDT
This kind of thing usually ends well.
Apr 18, 2014 1:19 AM CDT
My lord, do some research before writing an article huh? It was some idiot posting signs around a town. Not the government.