2014-07-09 10:00:00

Russia's Jews point to important agenda of Putin's upcoming meeting with rabbis

Moscow, July 9, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) is expecting the meeting between President Vladimir Putin and foreign rabbis to focus on the problems of anti-Semitism and foiling the attempts to rehabilitate Nazism.

"First of all, it is important to discuss the subject of the Holocaust of the World War II era. There are Holocaust survivors among the rabbis, they have their personal, dramatic stories," FJCR President Alexander Boroda told Interfax-Religion when asked about his expectations from the upcoming meeting.

Equally important is an assessment of the situation "around anti-Semitism in Europe and worldwide in general, xenophobia, rehabilitation of Nazism and the shifting of focus in international perceptions of the value of a human life and freedom values."

Putin's meeting with rabbis due to be held in the Kremlin on July 9 is expected to focus on joint efforts to prevent the re-writing of history, fighting neo-Nazism and neo-fascism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, the Kremlin press office said. The meeting will involve, in particular, rabbis from Israel, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France.