Leaflet tells Jews in eastern Ukraine province to register: Report

A general view shows Lenin square and a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Donetsk,...

A general view shows Lenin square and a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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Jews living in the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk were being told to register their religion and property and pay a fee or else they would be deported, according to reports.

A leaflet was circulated in the area and signed by the chairman of the province's temporary government, Denis Pushilin, reported Ynet News, an Israel-based news website.

Of the 4.3 million people who live in the province, 17,000 are Jewish, according to Ynet.

The leaflet reportedly asked people to register their religion and property and demanded a registration fee of $50.

"Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property," the leaflet read.

Alex Tenzer, a director with the National Association of Immigrants, told Ynet it was hard to tell if the leaflet was real or "simply a provocation," but it was "very anti-Semitic and reminds me of the kind of material distributed by the Nazis."

 


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