Incident Summary:

09/11/2017: Assailants threw two Molotov cocktails at a Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FCJR) office in Moscow, Russia. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that anti-Semitic extremists may have carried out the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Marina Roscha Synagogue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FCJR)
Specific Description Community Center
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Two Molotov cocktails were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Police noted it was unclear if the attack was an act of vandalism.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russian Jewish Community Center Firebombed in Moscow," Jewish Press, September 15, 2017.
"Firebomb hurled at Russian Jewish group's Moscow offices," JTA, September 13, 2017.