Russia Cited These Jewish Experts in Ukraine 'Nazi' Smear. Now They Respond

After Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov called Ukraine a Nazi state, his ministry quoted research by Jewish experts to support that claim. Those experts tell Haaretz they're angry, and disgusted, by Moscow's propaganda

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Two prominent Jewish experts on Eastern European antisemitism lambasted the Russian government after it cited their work in defense of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s claim that Ukraine is a Nazi state.

In an interview with Italian media on Sunday, Lavrov claimed that the Jewishness of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not negate Ukraine's Nazi elements, repeating the conspiracy theory that Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler also “had Jewish blood" and adding, "The most ardent antisemites are usually Jews.”

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