Brutal Murder of Yeshiva Bachur in Kiev [UPDATED 1:09PM IL]


[Update Below] According to a Kol Chareidi report, a chareidi yeshiva bachur in Kiev was brutally murdered, stabbed to death and his body cut into pieces. The murder occurred two weeks ago, on the birthday of Adolph Hitler YM”S.

According to a member of the local kehila, Yaakov Zilberman, the victim set out for some business dealings but when he did not contact anyone at home, they became worried. They began probing, learning of the brutal homicide. The body was found in a Kiev suburb the report adds.

Zilberman added that due to the brutality involved in the act, it was difficult making a positive identification of the remains. Zilberman states that of late, there has been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks and incident, “but we never believed it would come to something this horrific”.

The niftar’s remains will be arriving in Eretz in the coming days for kvura.


According to Kol Chareidi, the details of the brutal murder were confirmed on erev shabbos. It appears the bachur HY”D was a talmid in a Chabad yeshiva. R’ Yaakov Zilberman reports the murder occurred on April 20th, the birthday of Hitler YM”S as was reported earlier.

As of Sunday morning, official Israeli sources are not confirming the report, but Kol Chareidi insists the report is confirmed by R’ Zilberman and Kiev Police.

“Police are continuing tests, including genetics and DNA since the body was found in almost ten pieces” Zilberman added. He explains that on erev shabbos, calls were made and efforts are continuing to expedite the release of the body for kvura which may or may not be in Eretz Yisrael.

UPDATE: reports the victim has been identified as Hatomim Aryeh Leib Misinzov HY”D, adding Ukraine Chief Rabbi Moshe Reuven Asman was in Eretz Yisrael when the news broke. He cut his stay short and returned home to deal with the kvura.

1:09PM IL: Israel Radio’s Reshet Bet reports local police are indicating they do not wish to release the body pending the investigation, which they say may be pointing to underworld activity. They now feel the murder may not have been a hate crime, but underworld related.

The report adds the former immigrant from the FSU left Israel for the Ukraine, where he became attached to Chabad and returned to a Torah lifestyle. Rabbonim are working to have the body released.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. H’YD! Baruch Dayan Haemes!!! Terrible consequences for doing kiruv work in the Ukraine. May his family have much nechama Amen!

  2. I think all of the gruesome details of the murder, and the state of the body, are a lack of kavod for the niftar, and are unnecessary.

    Baruch Dayan Haemes

  3. Rabbi Bleich is the chief Rabbi, but Rabbi Asman is as well.

    As someone who travels to Kiev often on bussiness, I can tell you that the way the 2 rabbanim work together is a beutiful thing and something we can all learn from.