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Russia Election Approaches With Anti-Semitic Mudslinging

Russia is holding elections on Sunday, and the presumptive winner, Putin's handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, was enjoying a ruffle-free campaign until his foe stirred questions of Medvedev's Jewish heritage.

Nikolai Bondarik, who heads a group calling itself the Russian Party, is claiming that Medvedev's mother is Jewish. Though he has no solid proof, other than speculation about her maiden name, he says voters should be informed.

Bondarik says,
"It has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. I just think Russia's president should be Russian." Wow. While the pictures of the campaign show a crisp and clear outlook, the election might just have gotten muddy. Are you surprised to hear this talk in 2008?

Putin with likely successor Dmitry Medvedev. Poster says "Together we will win!"

Flags "Forward, Russia" in Moscow.

Two Psoters: (R) Artist of the USSR Anton Tabakov, promoting elections,(L) film "How did Stalin die"

Central Moscow.

Guards of honor walk past a large election poster.


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tatiana21 tatiana21 9 years
My teacher used this article in class to help us understand why Russian's like Putin so much. It was really interesting, I had never thought about much of this before.
zeze zeze 9 years
I'm so glad people in the US are not like this... (Note: above is extremely sarcastic) Seriously though, they should be worried about the undemocratic way their election is being handled and not about the guy's religion.
juju4 juju4 9 years
When he said, "I think a Russian President should be a Russian", he's not making a very good point, as a Russian can also be a Jew. They are not mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, there have been some pretty atrocious actions against russian jews in the past.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
not surprised, i guess one last ditch attempt to try and beat someone who's guaranteed to win.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
This doesn't surprise me at all. Sad, but not surprising.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Sounds similar what's happening here, to me. A lot of the world still believes in the "one drop" thing for Jews, and the scare tactics will work in Russia where there are still a lot of anti-Semites. Some people here believe that a drop of Muslim blood (even though it's a belief, not a race!) means someone is trying to subvert the system and "let the terrorists win"-- similar to the "Jews control everything" myth. Scary stuff.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
It's just the same as sayig Obama is a muslim?? What makes this any worse?? Just because it's seen as anti-semitism?? So it's not okay to bash someone's jewish heritage but it's okay to view someone in a skewed way because of his allefed muslim heritage?? We live in a funny world.
Sage-Eyes Sage-Eyes 9 years
No suprise at all. We're all human, which apparently means out election races have to be filled with slung mud.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Kind of like us, huh?
StPat-Jack StPat-Jack 9 years
After all the ugliness with sexist, ageist (?) and racist innuendo in the American Presidential Race, what makes anyone think Russians would be any different? Sounds like politics as usual to me.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i'm not surprised at all.
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