The Jewish community, says the guide, has been present in the city since at least the 16th century but suffered enormous damage during the Holocaust. “The city’s spectacular synagogue was destroyed during the Nazi pogroms of the ‘Crystal night’ on 9 November 1938. Currently the new Jewish quarter and synagogueare being built to replicate the historic building.
“The local Muslim community doesn’t have a mosque as a result of the city decision to ban the construction of a building 80% completed. The conflict was very public and led to speculation that the Kaliningrad authorities had given in to Islamophobic sentiment.
“The local club FC Baltika made headlines in 2017, suing the local newspaper ‘Novye vorota’ due to the racist wording of their front-page report about Baltika’s Ivorian forward Senin Sebai’s red card. The club issued a statement condemning racism in the strong terms and reaffirming their commitment to diversity. Senin Sebai is one of FC Baltika’s most popular players.