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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jewish Leaders Slam Mayor

KIEV — Jewish leaders in Ukraine and Russia on Thursday condemned the mayor of a Ukrainian city who called a presidential hopeful “an impudent little Jew.”

Prosecutors have charged Uzhhorod Mayor Serhiy Ratushnyak with hooliganism, abuse of office and xenophobia after he assailed former parliament speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, said he would visit Uzhhorod on Monday to support the local Jewish community.

Ukraine’s chief rabbi, Yakov Blaikh, said Lazar was welcome in Ukraine but anti-Semitism was more widespread in Russia. “Plenty of anti-Semites in Russia can use the help of Berel Lazar before he worries about anti-Semitism in Ukraine,” he said.