Open letter of Ukrainian Jews to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin

Voices of Ukraine

To the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

Mr. President!

We are Jewish citizens of Ukraine: businessmen, managers, public figures, scientists and scholars, artists and musicians. We are addressing you on behalf of the multi-national people of Ukraine, Ukraine’s national minorities, and on behalf of the Jewish community.

You have stated that Russia wants to protect the rights of the Russian-speaking citizens of the Crimea and all of Ukraine and that these rights have been trampled by the current Ukrainian government. Historically, Ukrainian Jews are also mostly Russian-speaking. Thus, our opinion on what is happening carries no less weight than the opinion of those who advise and inform you.

We are convinced that you are not easily fooled. This means that you must be consciously picking and choosing lies and slander from the entire body of information on Ukraine. And you know very well that Victor Yanukovich’s statement…

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Maidan Jewish Commander: “There are no Anti-Semites here. Four other Jews who have some military experience are serving here with me.”

A young man of traditionally Jewish appearance in a cap instead of a Kippah could very well pass for a Yeshiva teacher from a religious school. Yet, he is one of the most important people leading the Maidan Self-defense or Security Corps and is active on the barricades on the Hrushevskiy street in Kyiv.

The story about the man appeared on the Vaad, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine web site, reports. Per his request we will not disclose his real name, but the rest of his answers are real.

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