Speaking last night at the opening of the annual Limmud FSU conference in Moscow, Alexander Boroda, Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, said; "The Jews of Russia must realize the dangers inherent in the possible collapse of the Putin government to understand the rules of the game and to be aware of the limitations."
Boroda elaborated, "The government bears a similarity to that of the period of the Tsars, inasmuch as the personality of the president plays a far more important role than that of the president of the United States.
All the Jews in Russia, and especially those who might be considering actions against the Putin
administration, must understand the grave dangers that they take upon themselves and the potential consequences for themselves and for others.
If they want to demonstrate or join opposition forces, it is vital that they weigh up very carefully the consequences, for example, the recent assassination of [Boris] Nemtsov."
added, "In Russia there is virtually unlimited freedom of religion and the Jewish community must ensure that this situation continues.
The support for religious institutions is wider than in the United States, and defense of the Jews against manifestations of anti-Semitism is greater than in other European countries.
We do not have the privilege of losing what we have achieved and the support of the government for the community."
With regard to the involvement of Jews in activities of the opposition to Putin
added; "That does not imply that they should not struggle for a more just and democratic Russia, but the Jews must understand the prevailing situation and the fact that the term 'freedom' is not an absolute.