A judge in Ukraine convicted a man who attacked a local Chabad Shliach and sentenced him to four years in prison.
Roman Shvadov, who brutally attacked Rabbi Binyomin Wolf, Chief Rabbi of the city of Sevastopol, was found guilty this past week.
But members of the Jewish community expressed anger over the ruling that named Shvadov’s offense as “hooliganism.”
Three years ago Shvadov approached Wolf and asked insulting questions about his Chasidic dress.
Shvadov then hit the rabbi twice on his head and ripped his clothes before fleeing.
“This should have indicated to the judge that this was an anti-Semitic act,” a member of the community said.
According to Ukrainian law, a hate crime deserves a more severe sentence than one given for mere “hooliganism.”