Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.
The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of "Donetsk's temporary government," and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the report.
Pushilin acknowledged that flyers were distributed under his organization's name in Donetsk, but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew.
Every Jew over the age of 16 will be required to register with the Commissioner for Nationalities.
They claim the reason for demanding Jews register is because of their support for Stepan Bandera, who led the fight for Ukrainian independence after WW II, and their current opposition to the pro-Russian militants in East Urkaine.
What about all the others who oppose a pro-Russian annexation? Why single out the Jews?
The Jews need to pay a $50.00 registration fee and provide:
"ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles."
No-one seems clear as to the origins of the leaflet- whether it originated from the pro-Russian camp or a "splinter group."
Any of this sound familiar? What next, yellow star patches?
More on the story here.
UPDATE 4/17- 5:18 pm:
There are some who believe this might be fake. Of course, those happen to be people like Denis Pushilin, aka the “people’s governor" of Donetsk, whose signature was on the pamphlet, but who swears he was not involved, and blames it on provocateurs. Time will reveal who is really behind it. Point is it happened. Doesn't matter who.