Vitaly Milonov, a Russian lawmaker in Vladamir Putin’s party has drawn criticism for claiming that the ancestor’s of two Jewish opponents “boiled” Christians “in cauldrons”.
Milonov said that “Christians survived despite the fact that the ancestors of Boris Vishnevsky and Maksim Reznik boiled us in cauldrons and fed us to animals”.
The statements, which invoke images of Jews being involved in witchcraft, are a classic form of blood libel.
Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a spokesman for the Jewish community in Russia, said that “for a State Duma deputy, it is unacceptable to make such irresponsible statements”.
In 2014, Milonov also claimed that the Jews killed Jesus. Claims such as this one and the one made in 2014 have frequently been used to incite violence against Jews.
Milonov has also described criticism levelled at commemoration of John of Kronstadt, who was the member of an explicitly antisemitic group which supported pogroms against Jews, “complete lies, a modern neo-liberal fable with a sulfuric, deep history of Satanism”.