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Putin Perpetuates Antisemitic Lie of First Soviet ‘Mostly Jewish’

He said the politicians on the predominantly Jewish Soviet government 'were guided by false ideological considerations and supported the arrest and repression of Jews.'
Russian President Vladimir Putin with friends.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with friends.
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Some antisemitic lies just don’t die, but it is incumbent on Jewish reporters to refute them every single time, especially when they’re being espoused by a brutal Russian politician with the capacity to inflict a lot of pain on the Jews in his country.

According to a JTA report, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the world last week that at least 80 percent of the members of the first Soviet government were Jewish.

“I thought about something just now: The decision to nationalize this library was made by the first Soviet government, whose composition was 80-85 percent Jewish,” Putin said on June 13, during a visit to Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

Putin was referencing the library of Rabbi Joseph I. Schneerson, the late leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The books, which have been claimed by Chabad representatives in the United States, are being moved to the museum in Moscow this month.

According to the official transcript of Putin’s speech at the museum, he went on to say that the politicians on the predominantly Jewish Soviet government “were guided by false ideological considerations and supported the arrest and repression of Jews, Russian Orthodox Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. They grouped everyone into the same category.

In other words, the Jews who were murdered en masse by the Soviets had only their own kind to blame.

Now, that’s a neat trick.

“Thankfully, those ideological goggles and faulty ideological perceptions collapsed. And today, we are essentially returning these books to the Jewish community with a happy smile,” Putin concluded.

Keep smiling, or he’ll bite your head off…

The Council of People’s Commissars or Sovnarkom, also known as SNK, was a government institution formed shortly after the October Revolution in 1917. Created in the Russian Republic the council laid foundations in restructuring the country to form the Soviet Union. It evolved to become the highest government authority of executive power under the Soviet system in states which came under the control of Bolsheviks.

Here’s a list of the original commissars:

Chairman Vladimir Lenin , died of natural causes, 1924.

Secretary Nikolai Petrovich Gorbunov, not a Jew, executed 1938.

People’s Commissariat for Agriculture of the RSFSR Vladimir Pavlovich Milyutin, not a Jew, executed 1937.

Council of People’s Commissars on War and Navy Affairs Nikolai Krylenko, not a Jew, executed 1938.

Pavel Dybenko, a Ukrainian Cossack, definitely not a Jew, executed 1938.

People’s Commissariat for Trade and Industry of the RSFSR Viktor Nogin, not a Jew, died of natural causes, 1924.

People’s Commissariat for Education of the RSFSR Anatoly Lunacharsky, had Jewish friends, but was not a Jew, died of natural causes, 1933.

People’s Commissariat for Food Ivan Teodorovich, came from Poland, which could mean he was Jewish, but there’s no mention of it in his online bio, executed 1937.

People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs of the RSFSR, Leon Trotsky, so far the only real Jew on the list, assassinated by Comrade Stalin (with an ax, in Mexico), 1940.

People’s Commissariat for Interior Affairs of the RSFSR, Alexei Rykov, his parents were peasants from the village of Kukarka, very not Jewish, executed 1938.

People’s Commissariat for Justice of the RSFSR Georgy Oppokov, was kicked off the panel in 1918, not Jewish, executed 1937.

People’s Commissariat for Labour of the RSFSR Alexander Shlyapnikov, came from a family of Old Believers, who were kind of the Protestants of the Russian Orthodox Church, so not a Jew, executed 1937.

People’s Commissariat of Nationalities Joseph Stalin, about as not Jewish as you can get, died of natural causes (thought Jewish doctors were killing him), 1953 (on Purim).

People’s Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs of the RSFSR Nikolai Glebov-Avilov, not a Jew, executed 1937.

People’s Commissariat for Railways of the RSFSR – position was vacant, so no Jew, no execution.

People’s Commissariat for Finance Ivan Skvortsov-Stepanov, not a Jews, died of natural causes, 1928.

People’s Commissariat for Social Welfare Alexandra Kollontai, her dad was General Mikhail Alekseevich Domontovich, from a Cossack family that traced its ancestry back to the 13th Century, so, also not a Jew, died of natural causes, 1952.

In other words, one Jewish commissar for certain, founder of the Red Army that eventually defeated the Nazis, Leon Trotsky, and maybe another guy, who came from Poland, so who knows, maybe he was Jewish.

There were many Jews who believed in the Bolshevik revolution until it was way too late to run away, and many of them were involved in despicable persecution of Jews. But to blame the Bolshevik takeover of Russia on the Jews is a blood libel, pure and simple.

And that’s a lot of Jewish blood Putin was libeling.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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21 Responses to “Putin Perpetuates Antisemitic Lie of First Soviet ‘Mostly Jewish’”

  1. Dvorah Bee says:

    Love it! Thank G-d my grandfather had the foresight to leave that hell hole before it got out of hand, in 1906.

  2. Dvorah Bee says:

    Love it! Thank G-d my grandfather had the foresight to leave that hell hole before it got out of hand, in 1906.

  3. Dvorah Bee says:

    Putin is quite the Jew hater isn't he?

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    What bothered me was the fact that the JTA reporter just passed on the message, unchecked. It's OK for the Russian president to be an antisemite — but a Jewish reporter?

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    Thank you for this very useful compendium of information that should be kept as a reference to debunk the "Jews were responsible for the Bolshevik revolution" canard. JTA should have done this!

    It should be noted that the one actual Jew on this list, Trotsky, had only joined the Bolsheviks shortly before the October Revolution. Trotsky has living Jewish descendents in Israel today. He also has a grandson (halachically Jewish) who is still alive, is associated with the Trotsky museum in Mexico City, and who has often spoken and written about having witnessed his grandson's assassination. He has a daughter (non-Jewish) who is now the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse in the US.

    Two other individuals who would play major roles in the Bolshevik government are often cited as evidence for a Jewish conspiracy: Grigor Zinoviev, who was actually Jewish, and Lev Kamenev, whose father was Jewish but whose mother was Christian. However, Zinoviev and Kamenev were on the outs with Lenin as they had both publicly opposed the Bolshevik Revolution, and they had been joined by the national railroad workers union! That may explain why the People’s Commissariat for Railways position was vacant.

    Putin, while a rasha, has until now refrained from open anti-Semitism, something historically quite rare for a Russian leader. I hope that this is not a sign of a turn for the worse.

  6. Yossie Bloch says:

    He does have the Orthodox Church in his back pocket now.

  7. Putin is right. The first man that show WHO IS in Soviet Russia was Viktor Marsden, the journalist. He did it in 1919 Year.(“Jews in Russia” Victor Marsden (Formerly Russian correspondent of “The Morning Post”.).

  8. Organon Tou Ontos says:

    This writer refers solely to the Council of People's Commissars.

    That was only one organ of the Soviet government. Another high level organ of the Soviet state was the Poltiburo, which was almost 50% Jewish in 1922.

    The Central Committee, the organizing body of the Communist Party, had six (out of twelve) members that were Jewish: Zinoviev, Kamenev, Trotsky, Sverdlov, Uritsky, Sokolnikov) out of twelve members, which was therefore fifty percent of the Committee's membership (Lenin was one quarter Jewish, himself).


    It's easy to select one group and then offer a misrepresentation of statistics and demographics, which is just what this writer has done.

  9. The list of the first soviet goverment (J-means jew; JM – jew by mother):

    Председатель Совнаркома – Ульянов (Ленин – по матери Бланк) – JM.
    Нарком но делам национальностей – Джугашвили (Сталин).
    Нарком иностранных дел – Чичерин (по матери Мейендорф) -JM.
    Нарком земледелия – Прошьян.
    Нарком Армии и Флота – Бронштейн (Троцкий) – J.
    Председатель высшего экономического совета – Лурье-Ларин.
    Нарком по восстановлению – Шлихтер – J.
    Нарком госземель – Кауфман – J.
    Нарком госконтроля – Ландер – J.
    Нарком общественных работ – Шмидт – J.
    Нарком социального призрения – Лилина-Книгиссен – J.
    Нарком народного просвещения – Луначарский (Мендельштам-Байлих) – J.
    Нарком вероисповеданий – Шпицберг – J.
    Нарком общественной гигиены – Анвельт – J.
    Нарком внутренних дел – Апфельбаум (Зиновьев) – J.
    Нарком финансов – Гуковский.
    Нарком по делам печати – Володарский (Коган) – J.
    Нарком по делам выборов – Урицкий.
    Нарком юстиции – Штейнберг – J.
    Нарком по эвакуации – Шегинштейн – J.

    Any questions?

  10. Organon Tou Ontos says:

    As I posted on another article, the Council of People's Commissars was not the Soviet government in its entirety. The Politburo was almost 50% Jewish in the early 1920s, and the Central Committee of the Communist Party had 6 Jews (out of a board of 12), including Zinoviev, Kamenev, Trotsky, Sverdlov, Uritsky, and Sokolnikov. By focusing solely on the Council of People's Commissars, the above writer makes a Straw Man out of a factually-grounded claim: That Jewish influence in the Soviet state was far out of proportion to the number of Jews in the general population. Up to 50% of the members of important organs were Jews, while Jews comprised less than 1% of the entire Soviet population.

  11. Aron Bally says:

    Do not be so fussy. I am proud that so many Jews participate in this great effort to make a better world.I regret that they had not an idea how to make it and created a monster , which ate them. Jews always try to make the world better.

  12. William Sumarliðr says:

    They're already scrambling (again) to bury this rather uncomfortable fact.

  13. Organon Tou Ontos says:

    Jews, by nature, try to remake the world in ways that better suit their ethnic interests and in doing so they tear down, wreck, and deracinate.

    There's scarcely a destructive and corrosive movement or agenda that you have not precipitated and been involved in. From the Bolshevik Revolution that murdered millions of people to sexual liberation, pornography and radical immigration reform, Jews have had a baleful, ruinous influence on people of European descent.

  14. Organon Tou Ontos says:

    Jews, by nature, try to remake the world in ways that better suit their ethnic interests and in doing so they tear down, wreck, and deracinate.

    There's scarcely a destructive and corrosive movement or agenda that you have not precipitated and been involved in. From the Bolshevik Revolution that murdered millions of people to sexual liberation, pornography and radical immigration reform, Jews have had a baleful, ruinous influence on people of European descent.

  15. полную информацию о роли евреев в революции и советском правительстве можно было бы почерпнуть из двухтомной работы Александра Солженицына «Двести лет вместе», посвященной исключительно сосуществованию русского и еврейского народов с глубоко дореволюционных и до сталинских времен (что-то уж очень давно она переиздавалась, и второй ее том в интернете найти невозможно. – Прим. КМ.RU). В ней автор называет, какие еврейские фамилии следует читать за славянскими псевдонимами революционеров и советских государственных деятелей. Там же были перечислены еврейские фамилии начальников НКВД и функционеров ГУЛАГа.

  16. Этот труд страшно возмутил российскую еврейскую общественность, вставшую в позицию: «Ну и что? Это ни о чем не говорит».

  17. Вообще антисемитизм уже давно стал этаким пугалом, которое чуть что, так сразу поднимается на щит против неугодного деятеля или невыгодной ситуации. Особенно забавно выглядит то, что публично можно называть любые национальности, кроме еврейской. Стоит лишь кому-то неосторожно упомянуть мимоходом, что такой-то – еврей, как тут же поднимается вопрос: «А почему он об этом сказал? Уж не антисемит ли он?» И тут же за волосы притягиваются доказательства с разных сторон, что, таки да, антисемит чистой воды.

  18. Eric Celrosu says:

    haha, Putin KNOWS about the judaic takeover of Russia, financed by NY JJEWS Schiff and Warburg.
    Also, Encyclopedia Judaica tells the same truth.

  19. Eric Celrosu says:

    haha, Putin KNOWS about the judaic takeover of Russia, financed by NY JJEWS Schiff and Warburg.
    Also, Encyclopedia Judaica tells the same truth.

  20. Rasmus Routa says:

    Jewish ELITE, E-L-I-T-E! Has been in control of the worlds resources and money for a long time. Most of Jewish people are against those sick people, for a reason. And I don't have anything against them.

    I hope the leaders of Israel and AIPAC-jews in the USA will be tortured to death.

    All they have done, is war, brain washing, just misery. They have lied many things in history. They make our history books, even here in Finland. Every government that is not friend with them, will be destroyed. Latest example: Syria.

    How they think actually is something that only a real psychopath could do.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Let's be honest here. Jews dominated the leadership of the Cheka and other organs of the early communist regime (Zinoviev, Dzerzhinsky, Yagoda, Unszlicht, Uritsky, Volodarsky, Sverdlov, etc. to name only a few). It's nothing to be ashamed of and deny. These were individuals only and we shold not ascribe any broader ethnic-based judgments based on their personal crimes. However, let's also not deny the facts of history, that Jews clearly played a leading role in the bolshevik and communist movements.

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