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Russia: World Jewish Congress chief praises Putin for reducing anti-Semitism03:10

Russia: World Jewish Congress chief praises Putin for reducing anti-Semitism

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 19, 2016 at 10:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

The President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder praised and thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on his efforts on reducing anti-Semitism in Russia, during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

Addressing Putin, Ronald Lauder said "sometimes we forget to say 'thank you'. But now I want to say 'thank you'. Thank you for what you've done here for the Jewish people.” Lauder recalled a previous meeting with Putin, saying "when I first met with you there was still a great deal of anti-Semitism, there was a great deal of attacks on synagogues, it was officially some anti-Semitism, cemeteries were being defaced,” adding “and we spoke about that and you told me that you will change this. And you did. And today there is a minimum of anti-Semitism.”

Putin welcomed Lauder and the World Jewish Congress delegation, saying "in Russia we maintain very close regular contacts with Russian and European Jewish organisations. And Russian Jewish organisations make a very substantial contribution to Russian political stabilisation, and we are very grateful to our friends for that."

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The President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder praised and thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on his efforts on reducing anti-Semitism in Russia, during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

Addressing Putin, Ronald Lauder said "sometimes we forget to say 'thank you'. But now I want to say 'thank you'. Thank you for what you've done here for the Jewish people.” Lauder recalled a previous meeting with Putin, saying "when I first met with you there was still a great deal of anti-Semitism, there was a great deal of attacks on synagogues, it was officially some anti-Semitism, cemeteries were being defaced,” adding “and we spoke about that and you told me that you will change this. And you did. And today there is a minimum of anti-Semitism.”

Putin welcomed Lauder and the World Jewish Congress delegation, saying "in Russia we maintain very close regular contacts with Russian and European Jewish organisations. And Russian Jewish organisations make a very substantial contribution to Russian political stabilisation, and we are very grateful to our friends for that."

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