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Jews Join Effort to Combat Threat of Neo-fascism in Former Soviet Union

Jewish organizations and activists are joining a new effort intended to counter the rising threat of neo-fascism in Russia.

About 100 prominent human rights activists, lawyers, writers and trade union leaders attended a planning session held last week at the offices of the Moscow News, a local newspaper, to discuss practical methods to counter the growth of fascist organizations and publications in Russia.

Among the ideas presented at the meeting was the suggestion that a new television program be launched to inform the public about the activities of Russian neo-fascist organizations.

Another proposal called for the establishment of a working committee that would pursue anti-fascist legislation in Russia’s Parliament.

Attendees also discussed the idea of organizing an international anti-fascist conference to be held in Moscow next year.

Alla Gerber, a Jewish member of Russia’s Parliament, was among those participating in the meeting, which also drew representatives from the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews.