A Russian Member of Parliament (MP) burst out in an anti-Semitic tirade last Thursday, attacking other Russian lawmakers as “Jews” responsible for the 1917 Communist revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Oleg Bolychev, an MP from the ruling United Russia party, called his opponents “Jews, mired in opposition,” during a debate at the regional parliament in Kaliningrad, reports AFP. “At the start of the 1990s foreign spies were infiltrated into our government who oversaw the destruction of our state,” claimed Bolychev. “You destroyed our country in 1917 and you destroyed our country in 1991.” The Russian Jewish Congress said it was “indignant” over the anti-Semitic blaming of Jews for Russian failures, and called for an investigation. Alexander Khinstein, a fellow United Russia MP, also spoke out against his party member, saying “it is incredible that a public figure can make such extremist statements.” Meanwhile Bolychev struck back, saying labels of extremism were “ravings and provocations.” He also claimed his blaming of the Jews for “destroying Russia” was not anti-Semitic, saying “I was not talking about Jews but about the situation in the country. I was speaking about traitors who destroyed a great state twice.” More
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