To Inform is to Influence

Monday, April 2, 2018

Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 2 – The “well-organized” campaign of Internet posts blaming the Jews for the Kemerovo tragedy suggests, Igor Eidman says, that the Russian authorities are again as at the start of the 20th century seeking to stir up anti-Semitism “in order to shift popular dissatisfaction from the authorities to the Jews.”

            In a Kasparov commentary entitled “Blood Libel at Kemerovo,” the Russian commentator for Deutsche Welle argues that in Russia today, the Internet is playing a role analogous to that of the secret police publishing houses at the end of the imperial period when the Black Hundreds were subsidized by the regime (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5AC1BE6A8561F).

            Tragically, he points out, “anti-Semitism [has often been] the last card of the dictatorship.”  And it can be deployed even when the leader of the state is not personally anti-Semitic. Thus, under Mikhail Gorbachev, the KGB sought to…

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