Medvedev urged to prevent any anti-Semitic statements

Dmitry Medvedev

Nationalist sentiments must be stopped everywhere, said the Chairman of Russian government Dmitry Medvedev. It is reported RIA Novosti on Thursday, January 26.

“In any country, including in our country, anti-Semitic and nationalistic statements should be nipped in the Bud at any level”, — said the Prime Minister during the visit to the Jewish Museum and tolerance center.

He noted that Russia is “very complicated country” and you need to appreciate its tranquility. Respect each other people of different cultures and faiths — “the most important condition for the existence and development of our multinational state,” said Medvedev.

He recalled that the Cabinet had recently approved the special program on the implementation of the national policy.

Earlier Thursday it was reported that the Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy explained to the head of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia Alexander Boroda his statement on the pale of settlement, which the Deputy accused of anti-Semitism. The MP assured that he was referring to a particular nationality, when talking about people, destroys religious shrines.

January 23 at a press-conference devoted to change of status of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Tolstoy said: “people who are the grandchildren of those who demolished our temples, jumped up from the pale of settlement with a revolver in the 17th year today, working in a variety of other very reputable places — on the radio, in the legislative Assembly, to continue the work of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers”.