Lithuanian formin compares Russia to Nazis after anti-Jewish unrest in Dagestan

  • 2023-10-30
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has compared Russia to Nazi Germany following unrest in predominantly Muslim Dagestan where an angry mob stormed the airport in search of Jews after news spread that a plane had arrived from Israel.

"Even after Bucha there were still people saying we can't compare Russia to Nazi Germany. Well... how about now? Are the pogroms convincing enough? Do you need Putin to actually grow a moustache and raise his right hand?" he posted on X on Monday.

Dozens of protesters stormed an airport in Russia's Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Sunday, after rumors spread that a flight was arriving from Israel.

Videos posted on social media and by the Russian media outlets RT and Izvestia show protesters breaking down the doors of the airport terminal, some running onto the runway and others breaking barriers to check cars leaving the airport.

Dagestan's governor has vowed that those responsible for the incident would be punished and 60 people were arrested after the incident, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Monday.

On Sunday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported that a Jewish center was set on fire in the town of Nalchik, another North Caucasus republic, Kabardino-Balkaria.

The unrest comes amid the ongoing war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.