WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2018 - NCSEJ reacted today to Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks in a recent interview, in which he seemed to cast blame on Jews and other ethnic groups for interference in U.S. elections.
These remarks by President Putin are troubling, and NCSEJ asks the President to clarify exactly what he meant when singling out Jews and others for meddling in the 2016 American elections.
In an NBC interview released yesterday, President Putin said the thirteen Russian nationals who were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller may not even be ethnically Russians. "Maybe they're not even Russians," he said. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don't know."
Russia's history of anti-Semitism goes back centuries. It is unfortunate that President Putin, who has gone out of his way to support the Russian Jewish community, resorted in this interview to promoting old and offensive stereotypes.