Jewish Oligarch Vadim Rabinovich Announces Run for Ukraine President

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The brash Ukrainian Jewish oligarch Vadim Rabinovich has announced that he will run for the presidency of Ukraine, according to the Interfax news agency.

Rabinovich, president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and founder of the European Jewish Parliament, said that he was running to “destroy the myth about anti-Semitism in Ukraine.” In recent months, Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have accused groups that overthrew Ukraine’s former president, Viktor Yanukovich, of being fascists and anti-Semites.

There have been several anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and on synagogues across Ukraine since the start of this year.

Rabinovich recently put out a statement denying that anti-Semitism was on the rise in Ukraine.

“Attempting to fan the flames around this issue is a provocation and is not conducive to a peaceful life of the Jewish community in Ukraine,” he said..

The elections will be held on May 25.

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Paul Berger

Paul Berger has been a staff writer at the Forward since 2011, covering crime and healthcare issues, such as sex abuse, circumcision, and fraud. He is a fluent Russian speaker and has reported from Russia and Ukraine. He also likes digging into historicalmysteries.

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