2020-05-15 12:22:00

Life has become a priority first time in Russian history during Covid-19 pandemic - Jewish leader

Moscow, May 15, Interfax - Human life is placed above other interests first time in Russian history as the coronavirus pandemic develops, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda says.

"Life is a priority, it's not a question for discussions. People's lives are the most valuable thing. For the first time in the history of Russia, human lives have become a priority. I think it's a good sign. Certainly, if you ask me what is more valuable, I'll say: a human life is more valuable", he said at an online meeting of the Solomon business club.

However, he believes the authorities should care for those who were in distress during self-isolation. "I think we should single out the groups of population who need money just to buy food. They should receive direct assistance from the state," Boroda said.

According to him, there should be interaction between the state and business, it is necessary to think about people who will go bankrupt, their employees will be discharged, "thrown out to the street".

"It is necessary to support business, of course. It is a major, difficult mission of the state - in fact, this is what taxes are paid for, funds are set up for such force majeure situations," Boroda said.

"Can I demand it? As a citizen, I think, I can. Probably, there should be more explanations, so that people feel safer," the rabbi believes.