"State anti-Semitism ended in 1991. The Soviet authorities were a champion on this issue," Vyacheslav Kantor, the head of the European Jewish Congress's supervisory council, told a Moscow news conference.
However, Kantor said he regretted that anti-Semitism in everyday life was growing. "It is hard to explain because economic indices are improving," he said.
Kantor said the present level of Jewish emigration was much lower than in the past, and added that "reverse emigration," when Jews return to Russia, showed that the country was becoming more integrated into the world economy and culture.