Moscow, October 27, Interfax - About 1,5 million Russians have Jewish origin or Jewish relatives, press secretary of the Russian Jewish Congress Mikhail Savin told Interfax-Religion on Friday.
According to him, this number is based on an investigation held by the RJC and was voiced at the meeting of the Congress delegation with the head of the Israel government Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Russian guests told the prime minister about stably decreasing level of anti-Semitism in Russia and growing positive attitude to Jews, which differs from the situation in Europe. Anti-Semitism has become the destiny of marginals, who are not supported by majority of social layers in Russia," the interviewee of the agency retold the conversation.
According to RJC head Yury Kanner, it is connected with Russian state policy and new orienteers of the society: the majority of population did not live in a period of state anti-Semitism.
"Without this "brainwashing" negative attitude to Jews faded away, and even popular in Western countries "anti-Israel" position does not meet any followers, attitude to Israel and Israeli is respectful and positive, and it is transferred to the attitude to Russian Jews," Savin said.