Russian ex-president and current prime minister, Dmitriy Medvedev is an ethnic Jew.
The real Dmitry Medvedev has 100% jewish roots. His name at birth was Aaron Abramovich Mendel, but he changed his name to Russian – Dmitry Anatolievich Medvedev. How convenient. Interestingly, the name of police officer issuing a Jew, Mendel Aaron Abramovich, Russian passport with the name with Russian patronymic? Who supplies the Jewish passports with fake data? Who helps the Jews to deceive the Russian population? Still his face can tell us much more than his passport.
The father, MENDEL Aaron Abramovich, his name later was changed to "Anatoly Afanasyevich Medvedev", professor.
The mother, Celia Veniaminovna, her name was changed to "Julia Veniaminovna", philologist.
The Jewish community of Russia was worried over a rumor during presidental campaign by nationalist parties claiming that Dmitriy Medvedev, President Vladimir Putin's handpicked successor for 2008 Russian presidential election, is Jewish. Israel's daily maariv reported that anti semitic groups in Russia have expressed disappointment with Putin's candidate soley becuase he is a Jew.
The accusations were based in part on the fact that his maternal grandfather's first name was Veniamin - similar to the Hebrew Binyamin (Benjamin) - while his family name, Shaposhnikov, is in most cases a Jewish name.
Medvedev visited the Jewish Community center in Moscow during the Hanukkah holiday in December, just three days before Putin anointed him as his preferred successor 2008 Russian presidential election. Thus all the television reports of the new heir presumptive included shots of him surrounded by leaders of the Jewish community, with Hanukkah candles and a Torah in the background.
Jewish community leaders said that Medvedev's visit and the good will he radiated during it encouraged them to hope that his presidency will be good for the community. "Medvedev will be wonderful for the Jews," just as Putin was, declared Israeli-Russian businessman Lev Leviev, who heads the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia. Asked about Medvedev's alleged Judaism, they declined comment.
Medvedev's campaign staff in 2008 also declined to confirm or deny he has Jewish roots. "It's common knowledge. Medvedev never hid his sympathy towards Judaism," Nikolai Bondarik, who heads the nationalist Russian Party in Medvedev's home town of St Petersburg, told Reuters.