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13.12.2001
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DEUTSCHE WELLE

Ukrainian authorities are less anti-Semitic than Russian.

   

Representatives of the American NGO ’Union of committees for protecting Jews in the former USSR’ made public the report devoted to the anti-Semitism on the post-Soviet space. The problem of violating rights of other national and religious minorities is analyzed as well in the report. The authors reported that, in contrast to Russia, there are no Ukrainian top authorities or public figures, who openly demonstrate their anti-Semitic attitude. Nonetheless, such attitude exists in Ukraine. Here is a quotation from Leonid Stonov, the head of the Union: ’We have a bureau in Lviv. UNA-UNSO exists in West Ukraine. On the other side of Ukraine, in the East (especially in Kharkov), the anti-Semitism has roots partly in Russia, for example, in Barkashov’s organization’. Stonov’s colleague Mike Naftalin, surprised journalist with the information that Russia fights in Chechnya with anti-Semites. At least, this, according to Naftalin, is the reason given by Russian President Vladimir Putin. ’To justify persecution of the whole nation with such arguments is a crime’, the authors of the report point out.

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