Masha Lipman is an insightful observer of the Russian Federation, but her March 29 op- ed, "Russian Politics, Playing With Fuhrer," did not make explicit the role that rass-roots anti-Semitic violence and propaganda play in the atmosphere of contemporary Russia.
Attacks on Jews have increased this year. Nineteen members of the Russian parliament also signed an open letter in January terming Judaism a satanic religion that calls upon its adherents to ritually murder Christian children and drink their blood.
The West takes such threats with relative equanimity because recent events have largely diverted our attention from Russia.
As our organization's constant monitoring documents, it is time to pay attention.
MICAH H. NAFTALIN
Union of Councils for Jews
in the Former Soviet Union