Donetsk activists reportedly order Jews to 'register or be deported'

17 April 2014 08:30

Jews of Donetsk region of Ukraine reportedly must register or face deportation, read the flyers distributed by activists of self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk.

The registration and the fee are due because the Jewish leaders "supported the nationalist junta of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev" and are hostile "to Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens.

The leaflet, signed by self-styled "people's governor" Denis Pushilin, has been handed over to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue, according to Novosti Donbassa (Donbass News) news agency.

It orders all Jews aged over 16 years old to register before the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents in defiance of Kiev rule.

Jews would also have to pay a registration fee of $50 (£30) before 3 May and list all real estate and vehicles owned.

Meanwhile, news portal quoted Pushilin as denying any connection to the flyers, calling them a provocation.