05 June 2007, 18:14
Putin promises financial support to Rabbi Lazar in establishing a Russian Jewish museum
Moscow, June 5, Interfax - Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar told President Putin about a plan to set up a Russian Jewish museum, a Museum of Tolerance.
The head of the state has promised to give this initiative not only moral but also financial support, from his personal funds at that.
'For a few years we have discussed the establishment of a Russian Jewish museum, a Museum of Tolerance. Now the need has become ripe. The aim of this museum is to educate the younger generation for tolerance and respect for one another", Rabbi Lazar said.
The chief rabbi stressed that the situation in the area of inter-ethnic and interreligious relations in Russia is good today. "Whenever I speak in the West, I always say here is an example of how it is possible to live in peace with other religions", he said.
"This is a good idea", Putin replied, "I promise to transfer my monthly salary to the fund for building this museum".
Rabbi Lazar express the hope that "may be, others will follow your example".
"Many will wish to support such a project", the president said, "as it is aimed to help all the confessions to live in peace and accord, and this is exactly a strength of our multinational and multiconfessional country".