OV (Persecution-PSG-Jews) Moldova CG  UKIAT 06886
Date of hearing: 20 December 2002
Date Determination notified: 27 February 2003
|Secretary of State for the Home Department||RESPONDENT|
'6.38 The Jewish community has approximately 31,000 members, with about 20,000 living in Chisinau, 3,100 in Balti and surrounding areas, 2,200 in Tiraspol, 2,000 in Benderi, and 4,000 in small towns. These figures, provided by the groups themselves, may only be rough approximations, as they do not appear to have been adjusted to take into recent emigration trends. Since the 19970s, Jews have been migrating out of Moldova. At first they emigrated almost exclusively to Israel, but as restrictions eased, they have also emigrated to the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Since the fall of the former Soviet Union, Moldova Jews have emigrated to other European countries, notably Germany. There are 9 synagogues in Chisinau, Balti, Tiraspol, Rybnitsa, and Benedri; about 5,000 persons celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
6.39 Dozens of graves in Chisinau's main Jewish cemetery were desecrated in April 20002, and many of the gravestones were destroyed. The Jewish Community received reports that a group of teenagers confessed to the crime, but the government has not filed criminal charges. The Jewish Community requested that the city place full-time armed guards at the cemetery, but the presence of the guards was reported to be sporadic. Some desecration of Jewish cemeteries in Transnistria has occurred. Transnistrian authorities sent workers to remove the graffiti. Three youths were charged with vandalism in one such incident, but no verdict had been reached as of 30 June 2002.'