Russia may charge lawmaker for anti-Semitic remarks

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Makashov made his first controversial comment early this month, when he said in a television interview that "it is time to expel all yids out of Russia."

At recent mass rallies in Moscow and the central Russian town of Samara, Makashov blamed Jews for the current economic crisis in Russia and said he would take along a "dozen yids" if he had to die.

He also said Yeltsin should be "turned to soap."

Several Jewish and liberal lawmakers protested Makashov's anti-Semitic remarks. Russian Justice Minister Pavel Krasheninnikov accused Makashov and three other participants in the Communist-sponsored rallies of "inciting ethnic hatred and calling for a forceful change of the constitutional regime."

On Tuesday of last week, the justice ministry officially demanded that the state prosecutor's office launch a criminal investigation.