Medvedev gives high marks to Jewish Federation efforts to maintain ethnic accord in Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sent a telegram to participants in the Fifth Congress of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia (FJCR).

"I am happy to welcome you to Moscow and to the Congress of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia. Your organization is doing a lot of work to revive the spiritual and cultural traditions of Jews in our country and is doing many things to realize socially important educational and charity programs," the president was quoted as saying by the Kremlin press service on Monday.

"We greatly appreciate the consistent work done by FJCR to maintain ethnic accord and develop dialogue with other Russian religions and your contribution to the fight against xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and religious intolerance. No doubt, all these things help preserve the cultural diversity of our country, form an atmosphere of mutual respect, and strengthen stability in society," reads the presidential address.

The president wished the congress participants "fruitful work, success, and all the best."

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