Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Jewish Business News

World News

Putin Tells Jewish Dignitaries They Can Trust Him to Combat Anti-Semitism, Neo-Nazism

Chief Rabbi Lazar, who in March slammed Ukrainian Jewish leaders for condemning Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, thanked Putin for the Russian government’s pro-Jewish stance.



Putin with Jews

Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Wednesday with Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and the President of Jewish Communities of Russia yesterday, to discuss joint efforts to combat anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism.

Please help us out :
Will you offer us a hand? Every gift, regardless of size, fuels our future.
Your critical contribution enables us to maintain our independence from shareholders or wealthy owners, allowing us to keep up reporting without bias. It means we can continue to make Jewish Business News available to everyone.
You can support us for as little as $1 via PayPal at
Thank you.

The meeting was also attended by rabbis from Israel, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France. The parties discussed joint efforts to prevent the “rewriting of history”: the fight against neo-Nazism and neo-fascism, as well as xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

Putin assured the Jewish leaders that Russia will fight against any new manifestations of Nazism. “Of particular concern is the revival of Nazi ideas, ” said Putin, who a few months ago invaded the Crimean peninsula, taking it away by force from neighboring Ukraine.

“I want to thank the Jewish community’s NGOs that are both active and courageous, ” Putin noted. “We see it in today’s world – how a struggle is being uncompromisingly waged against all manifestations of the Nazi ideology and any attempts to revive it.”

“We consider you, in this regard, our closest allies and ask you to consider us and as such, ” Putin added. “In Russia we will not only never forget these tragedies; furthermore we will always cherish the memory of the dead, and we will do everything we can to prevent a recurrence of similar tragedies in the future.”

Rabbi Lazar, who in March slammed Ukrainian Jewish leaders for condemning Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, telling them to mind their own business, thanked Putin for the Russian government’s focus on religious and national issues, stressing that “the organization of this meeting is the best proof of such attention.”

“It is in Russia that people are genuinely concerned about the threat of neo-Nazism, Holocaust denial and revisionist approaches to World War II, ” Rabbi Lazar said. “Many leaders in different countries prefer to keep quiet about it, but here in Russia the matter is openly addressed. Tomorrow we fly to Sevastopol, where we will once again remember the 6 million [Jews] that died.”

Lazar added that, “for us, it is very gratifying to see how it is in Russia, a country where the Jewish way of life was previously banned, that such a dynamic Jewish community exists now. We are grateful to the government for its support and for the fight against anti-Semitism.”

The problems of growing anti-Semitism in Europe and throughout the world were addressed by the foreign dignitaries on hand: Rabbi Yosef, Rabbi Jacobs, Rabbi Lieberman and Rabbi Lau. The latter also thanked the Russian authorities for the fight against anti-Semitism and told his personal story of how a Russian soldier, Fedor Mikhailichenko, saved his life in Buchenwald.



You May Also Like

World News

In the 15th Nov 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:   ·         A new Israeli treatment brings hope to relapsed leukemia...


The Movie The Professional is what made Natalie Portman a Lolita.


After two decades without a rating system in Israel, at the end of 2012 an international tender for hotel rating was published.  Invited to place bids...

VC, Investments

You may not become a millionaire, but there is a lot to learn from George Soros.