Friday, February 28, 2014

Russia: Head of gov't news agency 'outs' Jews

The Russian Jewish Congress is critical of Dmitry Kiselyov, head of the official Russian international news agency, for 'outing' Jews.

After Kremlin critic Viktor Shenderovich compared the a Sochi Olympics win to the Nazi Olympics in 1936, Kiselyov responded by saying that Jewish Shenderovich wouldn't have remained alive in Nazi Germany.  The same goes for the Jewish poet Igor Irtenyev, who supported Shenderovich.

Kiselyov then pointed out that Irtenyev's real name is Igor Mussayevitch Rabinovitch.

The Russian Jewish Congress points out that though this sounds 'innocent', it has antisemitic connotations in Russia.  Stalin's antisemitic campaign against Jews started by revealing the 'real' names of Jews who had changed their names.

More: Walla

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