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Kremlin downplays Israeli President’s words about Jewish grandmother in Putin’s house

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (R) as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) looks on during an even at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020, to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the World War II death camp where the Nazis allegedly killed more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews. (Photo by RONEN ZVULUN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

January 23, 2020 Anno Domini

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained the words of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin about a Jewish grandmother who lived in the house where Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his childhood. He is quoted by RBC owned by Grigory Berezkin on Thursday, January 23rd.

According to Peskov, we are talking about a woman, whom the Russian leader recalled at the media forum of the All-Russian Popular Front in May 2019. “The president said that there was no elevator, and he sometimes carried it up in his arms,” the press secretary of the head of state explained, adding that the woman herself could not climb the stairs to the fifth floor.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, speaking at the opening ceremony of a monument to the heroes of besieged Leningrad in Jerusalem, mentioned a Jewish grandmother who lived with Putin in the same house in Leningrad. “I saw the house where you were born, I saw a Jewish grandmother who sometimes looked after you. Your family survived this terrible blockade, ”the Israeli president said.

On January 23, Putin arrived in Israel for Holocaust Remembrance Day. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, as well as the mother of an Israeli woman, Naama Issachar, convicted of smuggling hashish in Russia. In addition, the Russian leader took part in the opening ceremony of the “Candle of Memory” monument dedicated to the feat of the inhabitants of besieged Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War.

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