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Russian senator says Russia, Israel should fight Holocaust denial

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JERUSALEM, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Sergei Mironov, the speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament, proposed on Wednesday that Russia and Israel join forces to fight against Holocaust denial theories and attempts to glorify Nazism.

Federation Council Speaker Mironov is representing Russia at celebrations in Jerusalem to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The Israeli capital is also hosting a three-day international forum to mark the event.

"I believe it would be useful for Russian and Israeli envoys to the UN to promote jointly at regional and international parliamentary and political forums efforts to fight manifestations of extremism and attempts to rewrite history and glorify Nazism," Mironov said.

He also proposed establishing in Jerusalem an international center for cooperation among representatives of different faiths.

The current forum in Jerusalem features over a dozen of heads of state and government, including U.S. President George Bush, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, as well as a number of Nobel Prize winners, ex-U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Former British PM Tony Blair and Mikhail Gorbachev are also attending.

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