Incident Summary:

05/14/1998: A suspected fascist and/or neo-Nazi group bombed a synagogue in Moscow, Russia, injuring two men and seriously damaging the building.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Maryina Roshcha

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Orthodox Lubavitch Jewish Synagogue
Specific Description Orthodox Lubavitch Jewish Synagogue in Moscow, Russia
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The synagogue belonged to the Lubavitch Jews, who had been celebrating the Jewish holiday of Lag ba-Omer in the area just hours before the explosion. Police reported that no one claimed responsibility for the blast, but Jewish leaders in Moscow believed neo-fascists were behind the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Moscow Government Vows Probe Into Synagogue Blast,” Interfax, May 14, 1998.
“Synagogue Bombing Blamed on Neo-Nazis,” The Moscow Times, May 15, 1998.
“Moscow synagogue bombed, two injured,” United Press International, May 14, 1998.