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State Duma deputy indignant over Ukrainian media ascribing anti-Semitism to her

September 26, 2014, 19:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A number of Ukrainian media have issued reports claiming Yelena Mizulina has passed derogatory remarks on the Russian Jews

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Yelena Mizulina

Yelena Mizulina

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MOSCOW, September 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Deputy of Russia’s State Duma Yelena Mizulina on Friday voiced her indignation with reports in the Ukrainian media, which ascribed anti-Semitic utterances to her.

She told ITAR-TASS a number of Ukrainian media have issued reports claiming she has passed derogatory remarks on the Russian Jews and has allegedly urged them to leave the country.

Mizulina called these reports sheer libel and defamation.

She added she could never have said anything of the sort about Jewish people. “I have really many Jewish friends and anyone of them will confirm the supposition such words might have come from my mouth is utter nonsense,” she said.

Mizulina admitted she did not know who might need to defame her. “But anyway the fact this report appeared in the Ukrainian media is not accidental and it comes as a logical continuation of the coverage policy they have been espousing of late,” she said.

“Quite possibly, the Ukrainian side seeks once again to shift the West’s attention a yet another time by staging provocations against well-known Russian politicians,” Mizulina said.

She recalled in this context that the OSCE was investigating the fact of mass burials of peaceful residents of Eastern Ukraine near Donetsk, which testifies to inhuman cruelty and practically Nazi methods adopted by the so-called Ukrainian ‘national guard’.

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