|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
SCIENCE AND CULTURE
In Brief ...
Some 15 years ago an abstract Abram Isaakovich looked with hatred into his Soviet passport with such an uncomfortable for a normal life nationality and such a queer patronymic name that to pronounce which, as bad words, was shameful.
A car is, as known, not a luxury. Probably, that's why the journalists of Ukraine gather for the third successive year to take part in an auto rally during which they do not spare much their four-wheel companions. Such last competition was held October 19-21 in the capital of Ukraine.
The trial over two villains, who destroyed the local Shepetovka Jewish cemetery, finished on November 1 («Jewish Meridian», No 15, August 2001).
The two suspects pleaded guilty. Igor Shamray, a 23-year old mechanic apprentice, who had been repeatedly convicted for hooliganism before, was sentenced to three and a half years of prison. The court was more indulgent to Igor Skrinik, the second 17-year old juvenile vandal. He neither has a job, nor studies. Because of his age, he was sentenced to three years of probation with a 2-year delay.
As the accused said, they did not have any anti-Semitic motives. Having drunk 2 bottles of vodka, they just decided to have fun by destroying the restored gravestones.
The court also resolved to pay the Jewish Shepetovka community a compensation for the material and moral damage.
As Zinoviy Blinder, Head of the Shepetovka community, said, the cemetery is being repaired now, and several gravestones of the tzadik Pinkhas Shapiro's family have been already restored.