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Sun Dec 12 16:31:03 EST 2004

Zgram - Where Truth is Destiny:  Now more than ever!

December 12, 2004

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

Siegfried Verbeke, as you may remember, is one of the first - if not 
THE first -  European Revisionist who was to be extradited from 
Belgium to Germany under a new European law that permits "Holocaust 
deniers" to be punished via extradition.  He was arrested several 
days ago. 

Here is the very welcome news from Siegfried Verbeke's brother: 


Today the judge has decided that Siegfried will not be expelled to 
Germany and this decision seems to be definite.

I'm convinced that this decision will be great value for Ernst Zundel.

More details follow later.


Herbert Verbeke


Furthermore, one more article that speaks for itself, illustrating 
how times have changed!


Moscow court frees Russian Mein Kampf publisher 

        Activists outraged after publisher walks free


         JTA  Thursday, December 2, 2004

         MOSCOW—Jewish leaders and human rights activists in Russia 
are outraged by a sentence handed down in the case of a publisher 
known for printing anti-Semitic articles. 

         Alexander Brod, the director of the Moscow Bureau for Human 
Rights, said activists would seek new opportunities to bring Viktor 
Korchagin to justice for activities that include the publication of a 
Russian edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. 

         On Nov. 24, a Moscow court found Korchagin guilty of 
publishing hate materials and gave him a one-year suspended sentence, 
which was immediately annulled because of the statute of limitations. 

         Boris Stambler, who has for several years tried to have 
charges brought against Korchagin, called the sentence “a mockery of 
common sense, facts and law.” 

         “Under the pretext of statute of limitations, the court has 
de facto acquitted Korchagin,” said Stambler, a Jewish veteran of 
World War II. 

         The verdict, which was welcomed by ultranationalist leaders, 
was the result of four years of court battles waged by Stambler and 
other Jewish activists. 

         “I feel a serious concern that the culprit was not punished,” 
one of Russia’s chief rabbis, Berel Lazar, said in a statement. “The 
freedom of speech should have its limits. One cannot cover up one’s 
actions by freedom of speech in order to abuse, and call for pogroms 
and deportations.” 

         Korchagin, appearing unrepentant, called the ruling a victory. 

         Two years ago, a Moscow court shut down one of Korchagin’s 
newspapers for publishing hate materials and calling for the 
deportation of Jews and other minorities. The decision on Russkie 
Vedomosti, or Russian Gazette, marked the first time that a media 
outlet was closed down in Russia under a media law that includes a 
ban on distribution of anti-Semitic and hate propaganda.

          Despite the 2002 court ruling, Korchagin continued to call 
for a solution of the “Jewish question” through the deportation of 
Russia’s Jews in his other publications. 

         He is the founder of a small publishing house called Vityaz, 
or Knight, that made a name for itself in conservative circles by 
publishing the “Library of a Russian Patriot.” 

         The collection of 25 paperback books includes such titles as 
the 19th-century anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of 
Zion, a Russian translation of Henry Ford’s International Jew* and 
the writings of Jürgen Graf, a leading Holocaust denier. 

         The entire collection is sold through mail order for the 
equivalent of $10. 

         Korchagin also published at least two editions of Hitler’s 
“Mein Kampf” that can be found at some book stands in Moscow and 
elsewhere in Russia for about $10 per copy. 

         Hate speech is a criminally punishable offense in Russia, 
although Russian courts have been reluctant to enforce the law. 

         Since the end of communism, only one individual has served a 
prison sentence for publishing hate materials, even though dozens of 
anti-Semitic and xenophobic books and magazines are being published 
in Russia, according to human rights watchers. 




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