Russian separatists have demanded that Ukrainian Jews register themselves and their property

The Russian separatist administration of Donetsk, or elements within that administration, have ordered Jewish Ukrainians to register themselves, their families and all of their property and other assets.

If they do not, the ‘perpetrators [виновные]’ will be ‘stripped of their citizenship and forcibly deported/expelled from the republic [and subjected to] confiscation of property [лишены гражданства и высланы в принудительном порядке за пределы республики с конфискацией имущества]’.

Registration or expropriation and deportation

On the first day of Passover, ‘three unidentified men in balaclavas with the flag of the Russian Federation pasted the anti-Semitic leaflets near Donetsk’s synagogue [трое неизвестных в балаклавах с флагом Российской Федерации расклеивали возле синагоги Донецка листовки антисемитского содержания]’, which bore the symbols of Mother Russia and the Donetsk People’s Republic. Masked men also waited outside the Passover service and handed out the leaflets to worshippers, and they targeted international students at the local university.

Naturally, it reminded Jewish locals of ‘texts from darker times’, ‘material distributed by the Nazis‘. Initially, the Jewish community believed that the masked men had ‘tried to provoke a conflict, in order to blame the attack on separatists [пытались спровоцировать на конфликт, чтобы потом обвинить в нападении на сепаратистов]’. Some advocates have stated that ‘all authorities have denied any connection to the flyers’, so they have categorised the leaflets as ‘fake‘.

But separatist chairman Denis Pushilin has ‘confirmed that the flyers were distributed by his organization‘; he has only ‘denied any [personal] connection to the leaflet’s content’. They may have been distributed by ‘a splinter group… within the pro-Russian camp‘, but they were not published by anti-Russian agents provocateurs.

Self-defeating Russian propaganda

It is difficult not to note that the Nazi Ordinance for the Registration of Jewish Property was implemented on the 26th of April 1938. It was the ‘first step toward expropriation of Jewish property’; it was used as a ‘shopping list’ of art and other cultural property.

It is particularly difficult, because the Russian separatists have made extreme claims in extreme language regarding the Second World War. The separatists demanded that their “dear/respected/honoured (Уважаемые)” Jewish citizens register themselves and their property ‘due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community in Ukraine supported the [Stepan] Bandera junta in Kiev [the present government] and are hostile to the Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens [В связи с тем, что лидеры еврейской общины Украины поддержали бендеровскую хунту в Киеве и враждебно настроены в отношении православной Донецкой республики и ее граждан]’.

Under Bandera, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Українська Повстанська Армія (УПА)) were ‘mass murderers of Poles, Jews, and…. communists’. They ‘systematically murdered‘ Jews and ethnically cleansed Poles. Where possible, they re-captured Jewish survivors and ran their own labor camps. Ironically, any active Jewish support for Maidan (as opposed to simple respect for democratic government) precisely demonstrates the false and grotesque nature of Russian (separatists’) propaganda.

The rejection of multi-faith community, the assertion of the definitive Orthodox Christianity of the Donetsk People’s Republic, will be as frightening for Crimea’s Muslim Tatars as for the east’s Jewish Ukrainians.

The text of the order from (within) the Russian separatist administration of Donetsk

Уважаемые граждане еврейской национальности! В связи с тем, что лидеры еврейской общины Украины поддержали бендеровскую хунту в Киеве и враждебно настроены в отношении православной Донецкой республики и ее граждан, Главный штаб Донецкой республики постановил следующее:

Всем гражданам еврейской национальности старше 16 лет, проживающим на территории суверенной Донецкой республики, необходимо в срок до 3 мая 2014 года явится к и. о. комиссара по делам национальностей в здание Донецкой ОГА, кабинет 514 для регистрации. Стоимость регистрации составляет 50 долларов США.

При себе иметь денежные средства в сумме 50 долларов США для оплаты за регистрацию, паспорта для отметки о вероисповедании, документы о составе семьи, а также правоустанавливающие документы на все принадлежащее вам недвижимое имущество и транспортные средства.

В случае уклонения от регистрации виновные будут лишены гражданства и высланы в принудительном порядке за пределы республики с конфискацией имущества.

Machine translation of Donbass News copy

Dear citizens of Jewish nationality! Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community in Ukraine supported Bendery junta in Kiev and hostile to Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens, Main Headquarters Donetsk republic ruled as follows:

All citizens of Jewish nationality over 16 years, residing in the territory of Donetsk sovereign republic, it is necessary up to May 3, 2014 and will come to. about. Commissioner for Nationalities in the building of Donetsk Regional Administration, Office 514 for registration. The registration fee is U.S. $50.

If you should have cash in the amount of U.S. $50 registration fee for passports to mark the religion, documents of family members, as well as documents of title to all real property owned by you and vehicles.

In case of failure to register the perpetrators will be stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property.

Jewish Press translation

Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,

Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported [Stepan] Bendery [sic – Bandera] Junta, and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, [the interim government] has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent age 16 and older, residing within the territory of the republic, are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register by May 3….

ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles. Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revocation and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property. A registration fee of $50 is required.

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2 Responses to “Russian separatists have demanded that Ukrainian Jews register themselves and their property”

  1. Why am I not surprised! Putin’s down fall will be his running of Russia into the dirt as I note here in this post: http://topworldissues.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/russian-economy-crisis/

    If he stops now, maybe he can do some good.

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