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10 Oct, 2007 13:00

Russia supports combating anti-Semitism

President Putin says Russia supports the idea of a unified European approach to combating anti-Semitism and related extremism. The statement was made during a meeting with the members of the European Jewish congress.

Putin said he understands what kind of danger racism poses for a multi-national country such as Russia.  

He stressed Russia is concerned that some countries in the European Union appear to support those who glorify Nazism.  

“We cannot understand certain things which happen in some Eastern European countries. We know that the denial of the Holocaust is considered to be a crime in several European states. At the same time the authorities of Latvia and Estonia openly encourage the glorification of Nazis and their allies. The European Union ignores these facts,” President Putin said.