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January 29, 2024

GEC Releases Special Report: More than a Century of Antisemitism

Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center released a new report detailing the ways in which the Tsarist and Soviet denizens of the Kremlin — and now Vladimir Putin and his regime — have for over a century exploited antisemitism in disinformation and propaganda campaigns designed to discredit, divide, and weaken perceived adversaries at home and abroad. For example, in an attempt to justify Russia’s unjustifiable full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin falsely portrays Ukraine and its supporters as Nazis, demonizes the Jewish identity of Ukraine’s president, attacks Jews as “the worst Nazis,” and engages in reprehensible Holocaust distortion.

Today’s Kremlin builds upon a long and ugly history of exploiting antisemitism, dating back to the Tsarist Security Service’s creation and dissemination of the notorious forgery, Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Soviet Union then expanded on these tactics by propagating antisemitic lies to cement totalitarian control. This report details these historical attempts to weaponize antisemitism and exposes how the contemporary Kremlin’s intelligence services and mouthpieces spread antisemitic propaganda and disinformation across the globe to further its malign agenda.

Read the full report here: https://www.state.gov/more-than-a-century-of-antisemitism-how-successive-occupants-of-the-kremlin-have-used-antisemitism/.

For questions, please reach out to the Global Engagement Center at GECMediaContacts@State.gov.