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TOPIC: Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect?

Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 01 Feb 2015 02:24 #1

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Putin’s Chosen People
What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect?

By Joshua Keating

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (center) speaks with chief rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar (left) and head of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda (right) in Moscow on April 14, 2014.
Photo by Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center is an impressive place. Original artifacts, film clips, and interactive displays take visitors on a tour through centuries of Judaism’s rich but tragic history in Russia, from the Middle Ages to the czarist-era pogroms to the Holocaust to the repression of the Stalin era to the mass emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Then it just sort of ends.


JOSHUA KEATING
Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs.

There’s a panel featuring photos of Vladimir Putin with Jewish leaders, a small display on the Russian Jewish diaspora featuring Little Failure author Gary Shteyngart as an example of a “successful, integrated Russian Jew,” and that’s about it. An exhibit on post-perestroika Jewish life is planned for some time in the future, but for now, the museum gives the impression that Judaism in Russia is a subject of historical interest rather than an ongoing story.

Technically speaking, there are four “official” religions in Russia: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism. But given that almost 70 percent of Russians identify as adherents to the Russian Orthodox Church, it’s pretty apparent that one religion is more “official” than others.

The smallest of the four is Judaism. There are fewer than 200,000 self-identified Jews in Russia today—less than the number of pagans—though the number of Russians from Jewish backgrounds who no longer identify with the religion is likely much higher. They are what remains after a mass exodus that saw more than 2 million Jews leave the countries of the former Soviet Union shortly before and after its collapse, mainly for the United States and Israel. Given that most Russians with Jewish backgrounds range from casual observers to entirely indifferent to their religion, it’s a bit unexpected that their official representatives hail from one of the more doctrinaire sects of Orthodox Judaism. You may be surprised to learn, too, that those representatives are quite close with President Vladimir Putin.

Chabad members—a small fraction of a small religious community—have become the dominant force in Russian Jewish life.
Regardless, it’s quite clear that we are not at a high point of Russian Jewish culture. You could argue, though, that for the Jews who are left, things aren’t that bad. Recent years have seen a great deal of government-supported synagogue construction, and a small but growing number of Jews are attending services.

And while there were fears after the fall of the Soviet Union that rising Russian nationalism would lead to an upsurge in anti-Semitism, that never really materialized. “After the collapse of the USSR, the number of cases of anti-Semitism have been steadily dropping on an annual basis over the last 10 years,” says Yury Kanner, head of the country’s largest secular Jewish organization, the Russian Jewish Congress.

There is certainly anti-Jewish sentiment in Russia, but the country is far from an outlier in that regard. Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in a number of European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy. Much of this is related to tension between Jewish and Muslim communities and criticism of Israel, which isn’t a particularly salient issue in Russia. Anti-Semitic far-right parties have also made troubling election gains in countries like Greece and Hungary. Ultra-nationalism is an issue in Russia as well—a controversial far-right rally was held in Moscow on Nov. 4—but when this manifests itself as racism or xenophobia, it’s more typically directed against the predominantly Muslim migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia, perhaps because they’re far more numerous than Jews.

Whatever his many other sins, even Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics concede that he’s not an anti-Semite. As the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe notes, a number of his closest confidants, as well as the Judo teacher who served as a mentor and surrogate father, are Jews. He has personally intervened in cases of state anti-Semitism, such as an incident last year in which a teacher was charged with corruption and the prosecution used his Jewish last name as evidence. Putin labeled that “egregious,” and the conviction was overturned soon after.

Putin’s has also generally been supportive of Jewish institutions—one Jewish institution in particular. One of the more intriguing aspects of contemporary Russian Jewish life is the close relationship between the Kremlin and Chabad, also known as Lubavitch, the Hasidic sect known in the United States for its street-corner proselytizing to fellow Jews and reverence for the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Founded in Western Russia in the 18th century, the Lubavitchers decamped to the United States in 1940, setting up their new headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. The Orthodox Jewish movement has dispatched hundreds of emissaries throughout the world to promote the faith. Just after the fall of Communism and just prior to his own death, Schneerson sent Rabbi Berel Lazar to represent Chabad in Russia.

Today, Lazar, who was born in Italy and educated in the United States, is Russia’s chief rabbi. He appears frequently at Putin’s side at public events, and is the leader of the Federation of Jewish Communities (known by its Russian acronym FEOR), the country’s most important Jewish organization. But the title of Russia’s most important rabbi is not an uncontested one.

Adolf Shayevech, a prominent figure in the community since the late Soviet period, was considered chief rabbi until 2000, and still claims the title. Kanner’s group, the Russian Jewish Congress, also recognizes Shayevech. But since Putin came to power in 2000, he has preferred to work with FEOR. Lazar, who is sometimes referred to as “Putin’s Rabbi,” now sits on the country’s public chamber, a government-appointed oversight committee. Lazar has been nothing but appreciative, praising Putin publicly as a friend of the Jews and calling Russia “one of the safest places for Jews in Europe.”
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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 01 Feb 2015 02:43 #2

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Still being disingenuous by not providing your sources.
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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 01 Feb 2015 03:00 #3

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Orangeaid wrote:
Still being disingenuous by not providing your sources.
www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/11/vladimir_putin_chabad_what_s_behind_the_russian_president_s_close_relationship.html Stand up for yourself by showing something besides a 'yes man' on a pagans coat tails. PUTIN is no christian fighting the Talmud boys at all.
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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 01 Feb 2015 03:19 #4

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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 01 Feb 2015 03:23 #5

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diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/putin-just-another-oligarch-jew/ Yes, the game is still being played upon the willing, gullible 'researchers' that only live for the past while the present is lining up the worst blood shed ever to be known.
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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 01 Feb 2015 06:20 #7

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wiikkidd wrote:
diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/putin-just-another-oligarch-jew/ Yes, the game is still being played upon the willing, gullible 'researchers' that only live for the past while the present is lining up the worst blood shed ever to be known.

i've read this before - i happen to agree.However, you don't seem to know why this happened ( historically ) check out Norman Dodd., the banksters who financed the 'revolution' and WHO came to 'Power" and why 60 + MILLION Christians went to the Gulags.
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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 10 Feb 2015 00:55 #8

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http://www.henrymakow.com/putin-is-nwo-pawn.html

http://www.henrymakow.com/katyn_ii_-_how_satanists_say_w_1.html

http://www.henrymakow.com/im_not_praying_at_putin_altar.html

The "pretend Christian" Putin is part of the Jewish NWO Oligachy . If you investigate his early career (Communist KGB), his family origins, his close association with Talmudic Jews, his corrupt misappropriation of tax/Governent public funds, and a host of other evidence the conclusion that he is totally untrustworthy is, IMO, not a moot point.
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Putin’s Chosen People - What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect? 10 Feb 2015 13:04 #9

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It's not all one way with Putin tho with Jews. He has alienated many uber wealthy Jews in Russia, had some imprisoned, ired these oligarchs and has the neocons against him.

Jewish Dissidents Target Putin

Yegor Gaidar

A recent article, A Hidden History of Evil by Neocon writer Claire Berlinski in the reputable City Journal asserts that — for reasons unknown — the West has deliberately ignored revelations of crimes committed in the Russian Federation since Putin assumed power. Berlinski mentions especially two dissidents currently exiled in England, Pavel Stroilov and Vladimir Bukovsky. Bukovsky is well known for his exposé of the Soviet use of psychiatric hospitals to silence critics of the Communist regime, he himself having been so victimized for years before being exiled to England. Stroilov, on the other hand, belongs to the post-Soviet era and claims to be in possession of documents that put Putin and Gorbachev in a very unflattering, even despicable, light, but cannot elicit any interest in them on the part of Anglo-American government agencies. Both gentlemen are part of a far larger “Putin Must Go” movement with vocal supporters in Russia itself as well as in England and the United States.

Other more neutral observers say, however, that the campaign against Putin conducted by the dissidents and a complicit press is unjustified and simply another example of Jewish solidarity in opposing policies that disadvantage their own interests and supporting those that favor them. Dissidence and opposition during the harshest Soviet era of the 1920s, 1930s, and during World War II would have been more than justified, but unfortunately it was rarely heard in the West.

To a considerable extent, obscenely wealthy Jewish oligarchs who were squeezed out of the Russian Federation by Vladimir Putin to the great delight of the Russian people finance this multifaceted movement. It did not escape the attention of some observers of US-USSR relations that the principals in the arrangements made between the American (Jeffrey Sachs, Andrei Schleifer, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers) and the Soviet representatives (Yegor Gaidar, Anatoly Chubais) to introduce capitalism in the USSR were all Jewish and that the resultant newly created oligarchs were also Jewish. Gaidar’s other friends included Mikhail Khodorkovsky(whose release from prison is a major neocon project), Platon Lebedev, Grigory Yavlinsky, and Boris Nemtsev. All are Jewish, all are in opposition to Putin, and some are in jail. These unusual, collaborative arrangements, made by co-ethnics in Russia and America with the approval of the official political leadership of those countries, cannot but recall Hitler’s assertion during World War II that the capitalistic Jews of America colluded with their communistic brethren in the Soviet Union to make the war policies of both countries. However, the joy of seeing Communism abandoned in the Soviet Union as a result of those unusual negotiations was so great that most criticism was muted.

However, neither exiled nor domestic Jewish dissidents can honestly accuse Prime Minister Putin or President Medvedev of anti-Semitism, especially not those who control the major media. Putin merely insists and will continue to insist that the mass media in Russia not be used for character assassination or to make or subvert government policies. He believes that Russians, not Jewish media moguls with their dual citizen status, should govern Russia.  Despite the fact that a good many Russians object to the fact that Jewish entrepreneurs all but monopolize the export of Russia’s mineral resources to countries abroad, the Russian Government continues to permit it. Oleg Deripaska, for example, an associate of Nathaniel Rothschild, is one such oligarch, as is Roman Abramovich, a friend of Boris Berezovsky, is another. They are allowed to do so because they do not attempt to run the Russian Government nor dictate its policies and also because they satisfy the demands of the international globalists.

It is interesting to note that Deripaska has since 2003 retained Bob Dole, former Majority Leader and presidential candidate, to lobby the U.S. State Department to grant him a visa. It has only been approved for a single year because the billionaire is suspected of ties to the criminal community. Dole is said to have received about $500,000 for his services. At the same time former FBI chief William Sessions has been lobbying the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf ofSemyon Mogilevich, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for alleged organized-crime links. The exchange of money obviously takes precedence over every other consideration, be it national interest or ethics.

So many exiled, anti-Putin Russians have already been granted political asylum in England and have chosen to reside in London that the city is referred to asLondongrad. The British Government obviously does not object to this because the exiles direct billions of dollars to the British economy which otherwise might go elsewhere. Some observers conjecture that the governments of both the United Kingdom and the United States permitted and even encouraged the unorthodox monetary arrangements made with the former Soviet Union, knowing full well that the Jews so involved would inevitably divert the resultant international trade to the dollar or sterling countries.
www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2011/03/jewish-dissidents-target-putin/
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