Russian sites join forces for anti-Semitism campaign

Moscow - Two Russian-language portals, Mail.ru and Jewish.ru have launched an anti-Semitism campaign under the banner 'Internet without race-hate.'

The Federation of Jewish Societies of Russia, the Holocaust Fund, and the youth wing of the Yabloko party have announced their support for the campaign. An active part in the campaign will be played by Alexander Bovin, Russia's former ambassador to Israel, and well known as a writer, political scientist, and journalist.

Mail.ru and Jewish.ru are to establish an ethical framework of behaviour for net users, to expose and close fascist, nationalist and chauvinist sites, and to stop dissemination of xenophobia and racial discrimination on the Russian-language internet.

Initial results of the campaign include the closure, under threat of prosecution, of the forum omen.ru, which has often been criticized for its anti-Semitic content.

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