Moscow, July 10, Interfax - Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has thanked President Vladimir Putin for the attention the Russian government pays to religious and ethnic affairs.
Speaking at a meeting between Putin and Jewish religious leaders from various countries at the Kremlin, Lazar said, as quoted by his press service, that the organization of the meeting served as the best proof of such attention.
Russia is truly concerned about the threats of neo-Nazism, Holocaust denial, and the revision of the WWII outcomes, he said.
The rabbi claimed that leaders of some countries prefer not to talk about this, while in Russia these issues are debated openly.
Lazar said he was happy to see that there is such a dynamically developing Jewish community in Russia, a country where open manifestations of Jewish life used to be prohibited.
Jews in Russia are thankful to the government for its support and for countering anti-Semitism, he said.