2020-06-15 00:00:00

Russian Jewish community leader criticizes U.S. State Dept for too mild attitude toward Ukrainian govt's anti-Semitic actions

Moscow, June 15, Interfax - Alexander Boroda, the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), has called into question the way the United States Department of State has assessed the level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine.

"The authors of the report had to mention the glorification of pro-Nazi collaborationists in Ukraine, as this issue has assumed an international dimension. However, they tried to downplay the issue as much as possible, reducing everything to criticism by Jewish community representatives of 'decisions by some parliamentarians and government authorities'," Boroda told Interfax on Monday, in commenting on the U.S. State Department's Report on International Religious Freedom.

The report's criticism of certain individuals in Ukraine concerns the memorialization and veneration of some Ukrainian figures and organizations of the 20th century that disgraced themselves with anti-Semitism and killings of thousands of Jews during WWII, Boroda said.

The report also mentions the renaming of two streets in Kiev in honor of leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists - Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN-UPA, banned in Russia), but the authors of the U.S. State Department's report failed to mention some other steps by the Ukrainian government, including the assignment of war veteran status to UPA members, Boroda said.