Putin: Jews Fleeing Western Europe Should Move to Russia

Russian president’s informal suggestion met with some hostility and derision by Jews, though Moshe Kantor of the European Jewish Congress, with whom Putin was meeting, laughed and then praised Putin for “fighting those who target Jews.”

VLADIMIR PUTIN said Tuesday that Jews who flee Western Europe due to “anti-Semitic violence” should move to Russia.

In an apparently unplanned and off-the-cuff interruption of a Jewish speaker at a meeting, Putin said with a smile: “Let them come to us. In the Soviet Union they used to go away, now let them come back.”

Putin then made a “come here” gesture with his forefinger and, in an uncharacteristically gentle manner, instructed the Jewish delegation and the Jews of Europe, saying: “Here, to us. They should come to us.”

“That is a fundamentally new idea,” said a surprised Kantor, who reportedly showed signs of experiencing visible difficulties in containing his laughter. All six fellow Jewish delegates sitting around Kantor likewise giggled.

“I have seen those reports of the situation in European countries and of people even attempting to hide their nationality,” said Putin. “People are even afraid of wearing their Kippah in public.”

The Russian President added that the situation of Russian Jews was currently the best of any place in Europe.

This would be far from the first time that Putin has made such comments at a Jewish gathering. In July of 2014 he thanked a gathering of prominent Israeli and European rabbis for what he categorized as their “help in Russia’s fight against the revival of Nazism.” In fact, Putin’s magnanimous offer was the latest gambit in the contentious leveraging of the issue of anti-Semitism in the continuing Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Putin made the remarks after he heard that Western Europe faces a “very real prospect of an exodus of Jews,” according to the European Jewish Congress (EJC).

EJC president Moshe Kantor issued the warning during a meeting between the Russian president and Jewish delegates from seven European Union member states, the EJC said in a statement. “While Jews were once again a prominent target for global terror during 2015, the attacks in Paris, the US, and elsewhere, and the mass murder of Russians on an airline in the Sinai, show that the terrorists target us all,” Kantor said during the meeting, which was also attended by EJC delegates from France, Britain, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Latvia.

“There is a very real prospect of an exodus of Jews from certain parts” of the continent, where Jews are feeling less safe than a decade ago, Kantor told Putin.

The Jewish leader was born in what is today Russia, and has business enterprises there.

Kantor said that “pragmatic nations” must unite “in defeating global terror, which is being led by the so-called Islamic State.”

He noted that the delegation was pleased by the statistical decrease of anti-Semitism in Russia.

“We commend the Russian authorities in the fight against those who target Jews,” he said.

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Source: based on an article at Tablet and the Times of Israel

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23 January, 2016 10:26 am

Well, this piece of news ought to put a damper on the Putin worshipers within the pro-White movement.

Kevin Alfred Strom
Kevin Alfred Strom
23 January, 2016 11:33 am

Perhaps. Despite the impression that some people have, I am not a Putin-worshipper. I would say Putin is playing with fire if he’s serious in making such an invitation, and not just trying to appear harmless and friendly to the assembled Jews — who, as Putin probably knows, are about as likely to start emigrating to today’s Russia as Haitians are to become pioneers 150 miles north of Fairbanks. Despite Putin’s overtures to Jews and the Left, and his disgusting persecution of nationalists and his “anti-fascist” rhetoric and “Holocaust” law, Russia is still considerably more independent of Jewish rule than any other White nation. Russia constitutes an alternative power structure — a whole alternative world, really — that the Jews and their owned Western politicians have surrounded and are planning… Read more »

Reply to  Kevin Alfred Strom
25 January, 2016 2:38 pm

I hope you’re right, Kevin. I know that there is a lot of justified criticism of, and also from within, the pro-White movement and community which accuses so many of our people of being guilty of sitting on their hands and waiting for some Great White Leader to suddenly emerge and lead our people to victory.

But, it sure would be nice if we had SOMEONE on the planet that had a little power and influence who was on our side.

LH Collins
LH Collins
27 July, 2021 12:47 pm

Jews fleeing western Europe need only go to Israel. They must be paying Putin a bundle for saying these things.