Anti-Extremism Kremlin’s Top Priority
(RIA Novosti) — The Russian leadership has efforts against extremism,
in its many manifestations, in the foreground, reassured President
Vladimir Putin, while in conference with Berl Lazar, Russia’s
against anti-Semitism and whatever other extremist and xenophobic
trends-chauvinism and anti-Russian prejudice included-will always
remain in the focus of attention of officials, be it the Cabinet
or the President," he pointed out.
on his part, does not think Jews have very bad problems in Russia,
though there are certain alarming trends.
to you, Mr. President, to launch practical action against outbreaks
of anti-Semitism and interethnic hatred. These trends are gaining
momentum worldwide, Russia being no exception. We are doing what
we can-but it’s impossible without assistance on the part of the
state. If we pool efforts, we shall be able together to promote
Russian stability and buttress interreligious and interdenominational
accord in this country," he said.
has been a multi-religious land from the start, and its statehood
emerged and developed in that situation. We all know it full well.
Peace between ethnic entities and between religions is no mere
national tradition. In fact, Russia is a symbiosis of ethnic entities
and religions, and that is what makes it strong," replied
highlighted Jews’ situation improving in Russia. "They [the
Jews] are living a better life now, many even come back from Israel.
That is an impressive proof that we are doing fine here,"
referred to a conference he had yesterday with the governor of
the Jewish autonomous area, in the Russian Far East. 51 left the
area last year, as against 104 who came back, the governor told
him. "This fact needs no comments-it deserves attention as
it is, and we are to pay it due attention," said Mr. Putin.