Moscow, November 27, Interfax - The president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) Alexander Boroda has expressed regret over the Russian Investigative Committee's intention to order a psychological and historical evaluation to find out whether the execution of the Romanov family was a ritual murder.
"Accusing Jews of a ritual murder is one of the most ancient anti-Semitist slanders. It repeatedly causes persecutions resulting in deaths of hundreds and thousands of people. But each time those accusations were considered by people free of anti-Semitic prejudices, it emerged that this slander is false," Boroda told reporters on Monday.
Earlier today, Marina Molodtsova, a senior investigator with the Russian Investigative Committee, said in her speech at a conference dedicated to the Romanov family murder that the committee "is planning to schedule a psychological and historical evaluation to resolve issues of whether the Romanov family murder had a possible ritual component, among others."
In this regard, the Jewish leader recalled that "Judaism, while being the first religion to abolish human sacrifices at the very dawn of its emergence, essentially does not know the concept of a 'ritual murder.'"
"Such slander" was already been propagated with regards to the Romanov family execution in the 1990s, and an inquiry conducted by the Prosecutor General's Office at the time "once again proved that it is unsubstantiated," Boroda said.
"It's regrettable that it is being advanced again, presenting libelous slander as a theory worthy of an inquiry," he said.