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MOSCOW (JTA) — A 29-year-old man was sentenced late last week to three years in prison for the bombing of the Jewish community center in Yaroslavl.

An explosive charge equivalent to more than 2 pounds of TNT was used in April's attack in Yaroslavl, which is located about 130 miles northeast of Moscow.

The bombing caused no injuries, but it led to $40,000 in damage to the community center.

Aleksandr Sypin, who is unemployed, was convicted of damaging property and illegal possession of weapons. He received the maximum sentence.

Sypin was a member of Derzhava, or "Power," a small Yaroslavl-based group of ultranationalist youths. In the 1980s, he was a member of Pamyat, or "Memory," then Russia's largest ultranationalist, anti-Semitic group.

Nationalists protest at Israeli Embassy

MOSCOW (JTA) — Wearing black uniforms, about 30 members of the Pamyat ultranationalist group demonstrated Saturday of last week outside the Israeli Embassy in Moscow.

Headed by founder Dmitriy Vasilyev, the Pamyat members carried anti-Zionist banners and called on the Jewish state to extradite a former Russian citizen now living in Israel who allegedly killed a popular Russian musician four years ago.

Igor Talkov, who had close ties to Russia's ultranationalist movement, had been shot dead prior to a concert in Moscow. The slaying has never been solved.

But the extremist group believes that Talkov's manager, Igor Shliafman, who is Jewish, was responsible for the killing. Shliafman moved to Israel soon after the incident.

Germany may stop pensions to Nazis

BONN (JTA) — The junior partner in the conservative government of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl said this week that it would look into stopping Nazi war criminals from receiving German state pensions.

Leaders of the Free Democratic Party also said Sunday that their first step would be to consult legal experts.

Earlier, the Labor Ministry had confirmed a television report that state-financed pensions had been issued to people directly involved in the Holocaust.

Such pensions have been paid since 1950 to individuals who suffered from injuries or "other hardships" during World War II, the ministry said. Others receiving the pension include Nazi criminals in the United States, South America, Australia and elsewhere.