Russia’s nationalist lawmakers have asked the prosecutor general to ban all Jewish organizations because of their «extremist» views, in a vitriolic call ahead of this week’s 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
The letter was dated January 13 but only rose to public attention this week.(…) The seven-page call signed by 20 members of the 450-seat State Duma that included the Communist Party and nationalist groups used some of the most profane language against Jews publicly published in the post-Soviet era. The group was led by Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his Liberal Democratic Party.
The appeal was published on paper carrying the parliament’s letterhead and called on Russia’s prosecutor general to «officially open a legal investigation into banning all Jewish religious and community groups» on grounds of «defense of the homeland.»
«The whole democratic world today is under the financial and political control of the Jews,» said the statement.
It was also published by a periodical called Orthodox Russia in a version that had some 500 signatures that included editors of nationalist publications. (afp)