Moscow police claim anti-Semitic books found in office of Likud representative
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Moscow police claim anti-Semitic books found in office of Likud representative

After cops investigating the distribution of racist material discover the texts, Jewish activist Alexander Kargin says he was set up

Police officers patrol outside the Maryina Roscha synagogue in downtown Moscow, January 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Police officers patrol outside the Maryina Roscha synagogue in downtown Moscow, January 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Police in Moscow said Friday they discovered anti-Semitic materials during a raid on the office of Alexander Kargin, a Russian local representative of the Likud party.

According to the Hebrew-language Ynet site, officials said the operation at the Jewish community center was part of an investigation into the dissemination of materials inciting racial hatred.

A lawyer representing Kargin, Igor Zuber, says that he has been summoned next week to explain the presence of the materials in his office.

“Representatives of the enforcement authorities and the Interior Ministry, who are fighting against the extremists, came to Kargin’s office and confiscated nationalist literature that was planted in his office,” Zuber said.

Шаббат у меня не задался с самого утра.Позвонили из Хоральной синагоги и сказали, что туда пришла полиция и просят меня…

Posted by Александр Каргин on Friday, 10 August 2018

Kargin claimed that many of the books that were planted contained anti-Semitic materials.

“After I arrived, I understood that they wanted to search my office because they had information about me being involved in extremist activity,” Kargin wrote in a Facebook post, Ynet reports.

“In fact, when we entered the office, we could see a pile of books and papers, almost all of which contained nationalist material, in a very bad sense of the word,” he wrote.

“Some of them were simply of an anti-Semitic nature. Books like ‘The Final Solution to the Jewish Problem,’ found in my office! A Jewish activist! In short, you understand, the whole story was a stitch-up,” claimed Kargin.

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