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Ukrainian Mayor Investigated Over Anti-Semitic Comments


Arseniy Yatsenyuk was speaker of parliament until last November, and has announced his intention of running in the next presidential election.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk was speaker of parliament until last November, and has announced his intention of running in the next presidential election.

UZHHOROD, Ukraine -- The mayor of the western Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod has been asked not to leave the city while an investigation takes place into alleged criminal actions, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Serhiy Ratushnyak was told by prosecutors in Zakarpattia Oblast, of which Uzhhorod is the capital, to inform them of any possible trips outside the city while an investigation is conducted into charges of abuse of power, hooliganism, and violating ethnic and racial equality laws.

Ratushnyak is accused of using anti-Semitic language against parliament deputy Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his Front For Change movement.

Ratushnyak reportedly repeatedly called Yatsenyuk, who is running for president, "Jew Yatsenyuk," and described him as an "impudent Jew."

He is also alleged to have attacked a young woman working for the Front For Change and destroying a tent belonging to the movement. Ratushnyak says the woman attacked him.
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