A man accused of vandalizing graves in December 2015 has pleaded not guilty.
The graves targeted were at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney’s West and all vandalized graves were Christian Orthodox, mostly Russian, but Serb, Ukrainian and Greek as well.
The accused was confronted by members of the Zabaikal Cossack Society of Australia as seen in the video. The group who are proudly Australian also defend Russian interests.
Although no motive has been given, it is believed it was a reaction to Russia’s intervention in the Syrian War that has seen radical Islamist groups lose territory and power since Moscow began its airstrikes.