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Ukraine defies anti-Semitic past with Zelensky victory


Added 04-24-19 08:11:01pm EST - “Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky's election will see Ukraine led for the first time by a president of Jewish descent, in a landmark for a country with a long history of anti-Semitism. The 41-year-old actor won a landslide victory against…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Ukraine defies anti-Semitic past with Zelensky victory”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Kiev (AFP) - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky's election will see Ukraine led for the first time by a president of Jewish descent, in a landmark for a country with a long history of anti-Semitism.

His triumph has been hailed as a sign of tolerance in the ex-Soviet country accused by some of having a lax attitude towards neo-Nazi groups.

Ukraine already has a Jewish prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, also 41, and who is to remain in office pending parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

"Ukraine is the only country in the world, aside from Israel, where the president and prime minister are Jewish," Eduard Dolinsky, a Jewish community leader, wrote on Facebook.

Zelensky has said he considers religion to be a private affair and has christened his children in the Orthodox tradition, according to Ukrainian media.

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