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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jewish Group Slams Decision On Makashov

The Russian Jewish Congress on Tuesday criticized a regional prosecutor's office for refusing to take action against anti-Semitic remarks by a Communist lawmaker.

Vitriolic anti-Semitic statements by retired General Albert Makashov - and the Communist Party's reluctance to censure them - have prompted international outrage. But Russian authorities have done little to block anti-Semitic statements, and the slurs have continued.

During a speech last month in the southern town of Novocherkassk, Makashov proposed to transform his Movement for Support of the Army into a "Movement Against Yids" - using a derogatory term for Jews.

But the prosecutor's office in the Rostov-on-Don region, where Novocherkassk is located, has refused to look into Makashov's comments.

The Russian Jewish Congress said in a statement that Makashov was voicing anti-Semitic views with the tacit approval by his Communist Party bosses.

"It has become clear that [Makashov] acts in this manner not due to the lack of intelligence or to unexpectedly resurrected animal instincts," the congress said in the statement.

"The nationalist-communist majority in [parliament] has made him their mouthpiece, who enjoys real backing in the bodies of power that are to guard laws."