(JTA) — A Russian court handed handed a 2 ½-year prison sentence to a young man for writing anti-Semitic graffiti on a residential building.

A district court in the city of Kurgan near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan earlier this week upheld the unusually-harsh sentence, which the 23-year-old man received from a lower court last year, Kommersant reported Wednesday.

The man, who was not named in the report, was drunk when he broke the law against inciting racial hatred by calling for extremist activity, the court said. But his sentence reflects the fact that the perpetrator has previous convictions for the hijacking of a car and theft, the report also said. It did not say what the man wrote or drew.

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