Soviet war memorials vandalised in central and eastern Europe

14th March

Bratislava landmark Slavín, a war memorial dedicated to the Soviet Red Army, was painted blue and yellow on 2 March. Slavín is one of the biggest war memorials in Slovakia and serves as a cemetery for thousands of Belarussian, Russian and Ukrainian soldiers.

In Brno, the second biggest city of the Czech Republic, anti-Russian graffiti was sprayed at several locations, including a statue representing a soldier of the Soviet army. An unknown person sprayed blue and yellow paint on its pedestal. Authorities have refused to remove it.

In the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, a debate has started about the removal of the Soviet Army Monument, which stands in the heart of the city. Several messages to Russia were written on it – “murderers”, “occupiers” and “freedom of Ukraine”.

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Arson attack on school in Berlin

14th March

On Friday, an arson attack was carried out on the International Lomonosov School (ILS) in the Marzahn district of Berlin. According to initial investigations, the attack was motivated by anti-Russian sentiment. “We assume a premeditated act and a connection to the war in Ukraine,” a police spokesman said on Friday.

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Milton Keynes girl bullied

12th March

Police have met with Milton Keynes residents who are of Russian and Ukrainian origin to discuss hate crime.

And they have reassured them that everybody who lives or works in MK has a right to feel safe here.

A police spokesman said today: “We discussed their experiences of hate crime, how we investigate them and how to make a report to us when English isn’t your first language.

“We also spoke to a young girl who told us that she has been bullied at school in recent weeks.”

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Death threats to Russian restaurant in San Diego

10th March

In the week after the war began, he says, the restaurant received about 15 to 20 abusive phone calls.He didn’t pay much attention to the first few calls, which he attributed to kids messing around, but then some of the calls seemed to threaten violence. “We started getting more serious calls, with people yelling and screaming at us,” says Gazaryan, who is ethnically Armenian but has lived in Russia.

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Truck terrorism

7th March

A truck used to deliver ecclesiastical supplies was driven through the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin this afternoon.

Eyewitnesses described seeing a man reverse the truck through the gates on Orwell Road at around 1.30pm.

Witnesses said he then got out of the truck and distributed photos, alleged to be of victims of the conflict in Ukraine.