Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has complained to the head of the United Russia party, PM Dmitry Medvedev, over lenient punishment of a candidate who accused Jews of a conspiracy against the Russian people during regional primaries.read more
In an open letter posted on his Facebook page, Berel Lazar asked Medvedev and other United Russia leaders to remove the candidate in question – 67-year-old pensioner Vladislav Vikhorev – from the party primaries over statements made during primaries’ debates in the industrial city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia.
During the discussion Vikhorev vented a whole array of anti-Semitic remarks and prejudices. Local mass media reported that officials from United Russia’s Chelyabinsk branch chose not to remove Vikhorev from the primaries. They merely warned him that insulting someone’s ethnicity during political campaigns was inadmissible.