After attending a Russian Orthodox service and spending some time in a synagogue, doctoral student Tatyana Sapunova, then aged 27, was seriously injured when a booby-trapped poster with an anti-Semitic slogan exploded. She lost the sight of one eye and had to undergo a series of surgical procedures.
According to local media reports, upon noticing the message "Death to the Kikes" in large black painted letters on a sign, she pulled to the side of the highway 20 miles southwest of Moscow, near a turnoff to Vnukovo Airport. She got out of the car and tried to yank the sign out of the ground. The blast triggered by her touch had the force of 100 to 200 grams of TNT.
Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov said he would take the case under his personal control, adding: "All incidents of extremism or racial intolerance will be handled with the maximum strictness allowed by law."