Earlier this week we reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he supports Dmitry Medevdev as his successor will surely lead to his election. The president's popularity and steely control is so strong that most observers expect that whomever he supports would be a shoo-in.
Today Israel's daily maariv reported that anti semitic groups in Russia have expressed disappointment with Putin's candidate soley becuase he is a Jew. Medvedev's mother Julia is reportedly Jewish. According to Jewish Law it is the mother - not the father - who determines whether the child is Jewish or not.
The groups opposing Medvedev because he is Jewish note that Medvedev received the support of Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar who is head of the Federation of Jewish Communities whose President is diamond mogul Mr. Lev Leviev.
Meanwhile, Medvedev said that, if elected, he would ask Mr Putin to take the post of prime minister as a way of ensuring continuity. "I find it extremely important for our country to keep Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in the most important position in executive power, in the post of chairman of the government of Russia."
בתוך כך מדווחת גם סוכנות הידיעות היהודית הגדולה JTA, בכותרת הראשית, על קשריו המצויינים של המועמד לנשיאות עם הקהילה היהודית ועם הרב הראשי לרוסיה הרב בערל לאזאר.