Stalins grandson blames Jews for Russias problems

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Russia's 30-member government includes two officials with known Jewish roots.

Dzhugashvili, a retired air force colonel, was speaking to a crowd of 100 supporters of several radical leftist groups that rallied near Moscow's Red Square to protest Yeltsin's reported intention to bury Lenin's embalmed body.

Earlier this year, Dzhugashvili launched a new leftist electoral coalition called the Stalinist Bloc, which is composed of radical leftist and anti-Semitic elements.

Dzhugashvili, who like other Stalin descendants kept a low profile during the later years of the Soviet Union, lives in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where he heads the 50,000-member Stalin Society.