Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the Russian Jewish community in a Passover greeting sent April 14, the news site www.shturem.net reported.
“The Jewish community in Russia is making an enormous contribution to strengthening the ties between various peoples and religions in our country; increasing trust and mutual understanding between individuals,” Putin wrote.
At his meeting that day with Chabad Rabbi Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, at the Kremlin, Putin inquired as to the situation of the 10,000 Jews living in the Crimean peninsula. Crimea became part of the Russian Federation after its annexation last month from Ukraine — a move that prompted international outcry. — jta