Synagogue Burns Down in Moscow Suburb Amidst Allegations of Anti-Semitism

May 10, 2005

Source: WCCO

Wire Service: AP

On May 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A fire roared through a synagogue in a Moscow suburb early Tuesday, burning down much of the wooden structure in an incident that Jewish leaders blamed on anti-Semitism. The synagogue in the town of Malakhovka, 12 miles southeast of Moscow caught fire at about 6 a.m., and the flames quickly engulfed the entire one-story building. Firefighters were unable to prevent damage to the building’s interior and roof. Investigators said there was no evidence of arson, but Jewish leaders such as Borukh Gorin, a spokesman for the Federation of Russia’s Jewish Organizations, insisted that the synagogue had been set on fire. 'The fire was caused by arson (committed) out of religious hatred,' Gorin told the Ekho Moskvy radio station. Concerns about anti-Semitism in Russia have risen in recent years. Investigators at the scene, however, said the fire was likely an accident."