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East Ukraine Jews Ordered To Register To Remain Citizens

East Ukraine Jews in the city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government were told that they need to register with the Ukrainians trying to make the city a part of Russia.

East Ukraine Jews Ordered To Register To Remain Citizens

Ukraine has moved military units into the Donetsk region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia.

East Ukraine Jews Ordered To Register To Remain Citizens

A photo taken in Donetsk earlier this year.

Leaflets were handed out that outlined the demands being made.  The leaflets had the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government,” but he denied having any involvement with their distribution.

Though the leaflet was in Russian, it said:

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began, “due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

 “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 revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

When registering, a fee of $50 must also be paid.

It is unknown if pro-Russian leadership or if another group operating within the pro-Russian camp handed these out, but they are a real requirement.  It is clear that a message is being sent not just to the Jewish population in East Ukraine, but to all citizens.  The Russian government is asserting their power over the city.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

East Ukraine Jews Ordered To Register To Remain Citizens

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