Pogrom (from Russian:погром (pogrom); from "громить" IPA: [grʌˈmitʲ]- to wreak havoc, to demolish violently) is a form of riot. This riot is directed against a group of people. These groups may be certain ethnic groups, they may belong to a certain religion, or they may have other marks of distinction. In a pogrom their homes, businesses, and places of worship are destroyed. Very often people of the target group are murdered.