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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Rikhard Holomazov

Security guard

Ukrainian security guard Rikhard Holomazov became an instant hero in July 2020 when he fought off an ax-wielding man who tried to force his way into a synagogue in the city of Mariupol. Holomazov attempted to beat back the assailant, sustaining a broken arm and a head injury as he seized the ax and stopped the man from gaining entry to the synagogue as morning prayers were being recited. No one inside the building was harmed during the incident, which ended with Holomazov chasing the assailant away. Home to a Jewish community of several hundred, Mariupol is located in the Donetsk territory disputed between Ukraine and Russia. The city was seized by Russian insurgents early in 2014 before it was retaken by Ukrainian government forces a few months later. (Photo: Security Footage / Screenshot)


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