MOSCOW (Sep. 13)
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.