Putin Hosts Chief Rabbi at the Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar at the Kremlin for an event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp.

Photos: Kremlin Spokesperson

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar at the Kremlin for a meeting ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will be marked on Friday, January 27, the day Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp.

In the opening remarks made in the presence of many media outlets, Putin said: “Of all the Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis, most of them were citizens of the Soviet Union, the pain is shared by us. You know our position even today, that we are completely opposed to the denial of the Holocaust and that there is no statute of limitations for the crimes committed by the Nazis. Our policies make sure that nothing like this happens again.”

Later in the meeting, in which the president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Russia, Rabbi Alexander Boroda, also participated, Putin said: “The authorities of the Russian Federation and the prosecutor’s office are doing an intensive job to prevent any emergence of anti-Semitism.”

At the end of the long meeting, Putin brought up the large annual ceremony held at the Jewish Museum on the occasion of International Holocaust Day, which will be attended by many ambassadors and various public figures.

Throughout the meeting, they discussed a variety of issues pertinent to the Jewish community, including important humanitarian activities.

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