Police Identify Armenian Cemetery Vandals

KRASNODAR (Armenpress)–Local police have identified the group of youth who desecrated Armenian gravestones at the Krasnodar Slavonic cemetery on March 2–reported Yerkramas–a weekly paper published by the Armenian community of the southern Russian province.

The culprits are eight youth between the ages of 13 and 16. Police said their parents will have to pay for restoring the damaged tombs.

A similar act of vandalism in 2002 sparked strong condemnation by the Armenian government and leading politicians concerned with the escalating ethnic tensions in the southern Russia.

In April 2002–approximately 50 youths ravaged gravestones and monumen’s at the Armenian cemetery in Krasnodar. Though the local police at the time announced the arrest of three Russian youngsters between the ages of 14 and 17 on suspicion of involvement–all managed to avoid punishment.

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