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  •  Unfortunately, that's how Russia is these days. (4+ / 0-)

    It seems like every public figure, no matter whether they are in government or in opposition, has to hate either gays or Muslims or Jews. Or all of them. Probably reflects the popular mood.

    •  You ain't kidding. (4+ / 0-)

      Central Asians are also a popular target.  

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:40:31 AM PDT

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    •  Sadly, the anti-Semitism doesn't shock me. (4+ / 0-)
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      The history of anti-Semitism is Russia is similar in some ways to the history of racism against blacks in this country. We had lynching; they had Pogroms, the Bellis Trial and horrendous propoganda. We had Jim Crow and they had the Pale of Settlement and the May Laws. Anti-Semitism - despite the years of Communist rule - is still very much alive and well in Russia.

      As for racism & homophobia, I'm a bit more startled at how pervasive that has become in Russia in the last 10-15 years. It's really very frightening.

      Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by AuroraDawn on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:45:02 AM PDT

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      •  With all that history, it's no surprise why (2+ / 0-)
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        so many Jewish leaders turned toward communism in the early part of the century and welcomed the revolution (just as black leaders turned toward communism in this country), only to have it explode in their faces when the Soviet state doubled down on the anti-semitism during the WWII era.  It's no wonder so many emigrated.  

        Just a few years ago, a member of the Duma used the word "Yid" on the floor of the legislature.  Not only was he not censured, but the body couldn't even pass a mild and passive note of "It'd be better if we tried not to use racist language here", which failed to get a majority vote.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:52:26 PM PDT

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        •  No surprise at all. (2+ / 0-)
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          What else could most of them do? Jews were routinely slaughtered by White (non-Communist) forces during the Civil War that followed the Tsar's overthrow. Several of the Communist leaders were actually quite anti-Semitic, but they wisely realized that educated Jews could fill a vacuum left by professionals who had fled Russia post-1918. They actively recruited educated Jews and promised them equality. Jews really they had two choices: join the Communists (who at least weren't slaughtering them left-and-right) or emigrate. It's easy to blame the Russians (Jewish and non-Jewish) for embracing Communism. We tend to forget the number of Americans (and not just African Americans) who naively embraced Communism, believing it would bring about a sort of Utopia on earth. And again, who can really blame them for hoping? That bit of our history was white-washed and forgotten after the Cold War began.

          Just a few years ago, a member of the Duma used the word "Yid" on the floor of the legislature.  Not only was he not censured, but the body couldn't even pass a mild and passive note of "It'd be better if we tried not to use racist language here", which failed to get a majority vote.
          I remember that. It's a very sad situation. Most of the Russians I've known throughout my life are incredibly warm and generous people, the most loyal friends, but like the US, their country has a long and ugly history of bigotry.

          Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by AuroraDawn on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 02:05:22 PM PDT

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