Anti-Semitism at a minimum level in Russia, says report

Russia remains one of a group of countries with a minimum level of anti-Semitism, said the head of the European Jewish Congress, Vyacheslav Moshe Kantor, commenting on the results of the annual report on the level of anti-Semitism in the world for 2013.

Russia remains one of a group of countries with a minimum level of anti-Semitism, said the head of the European Jewish Congress, Vyacheslav Moshe Kantor, commenting on the results of the annual report on the level of anti-Semitism in the world for 2013.

The report was made public on Sunday in the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University.

“Russia is far behind in the league, in terms of the number of anti-Semitic manifestations – anti-Semitism in Russia is latent and dormant,” said Kantor.

He noted that in other countries, including Western Europe, “the quality of anti-Semitism” is changing. “Its manifestations have become more harsh and provocative. Anti-Semitism is becoming more common, a subject of everyday occurrence,” he said.

According to the research center, which is headed by Kantor, in 2013 Russia recorded 15 cases of “violent anti-Semitism”, while in Ukraine there were 23 such cases. For the reporting period, in France there were 116 similar incidents, in the UK – 95, in Canada – 83, and in the U.S. – 55.

“No one is sowing anti-Semitism in Russia. This is my opinion as the President of the European Jewish Congress,” noted Kantor, answering reporters’ questions.

First published in Russian at RIA Novosti.

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