12 January 2006, 13:33
Russian police unwilling to stop Nazism - Holocaust Fund
Moscow, January 12, Interfax - The attack on a synagogue in Moscow resulted from the insufficient response of law enforcement agencies to radical nationalist groups, Holocaust Fund President Alla Gerber told Interfax on Thursday.
"First and foremost, this is a result of the inability of our law enforcement agencies, which have been unwilling to stop occurrences of Nazism in this country for many years," Gerber said.
"I think that the incident was unfortunately completely predictable. The increasingly frequent crimes perpetrated on ethnic grounds and attacks by skinheads using Fascist slogans and swastikas in many Russian regions finally resulted in the Wednesday incident at the synagogue," she said.
Nazi books are freely sold in Russia, which worries human rights and public organizations, Gerber said. "Our appeal for banning the sale of Mein Kampf and other such books have been ignored," she said.
Alexander Koptsev stabbed eight people in a synagogue in downtown Moscow on Wednesday evening.
Unemployed Koptsev read extremist books at home, the Kommersant daily said on Thursday.
Koptsev's father said that his son was a fan of the computer game 'Postal', a computer game about a postman who loses his mind and embarks on a rampage stabbing.
Kopstev had been reading a book about "Jews betraying Russia," Kommersant cited his father as saying.