Russian Jewish leaders declined to comment on the rumors officially, fearing to lend them credibility. Off the record, however, one said: "I pray it isn't true, because it would only make trouble, for him and for us."
Can you believe it?
Of course you can?
This is Russia in the 21st century where anti-Semitism is A-OK.
Nikolai Bondarik, who heads the St. Petersburg branch of the nationalist Russian Party, told the Moscow Times on Wednesday "We are categorically against him [Medvedev] because he is an ethnic Jew and does not conceal his sympathies toward Judaism." He also charged that with Medvedev in power, foreigners and Jews would plunder Russia's natural resources; "tens of thousands" of Israelis would be given key positions in bodies such as "the police, army, and secret services"; and Russia's relations with the Arab world would be destroyed.
Bondarik also said, "A president ought to be related by blood with his people. Imagine if Japan was run by a Chinese president."
Those crazy Jews are everywhere and if you don't watch out you'll be "plundered."
American nut cases don't want to be left out of the fun.
On David Duke's official web Duke points out, "The man chosen by Putin to take his place as the President of Russia, Dimitry Medvedev, recently appeared at a Chanukah lighting of a Menorah, a commemoration of a Jewish massacre of Gentiles. Jewish leaders claim that Chanukah is a lesson for the need of Jewish chauvinism and Jewish separateness from all other peoples. Medvedev chose the occasion of this Jewish nationalist holiday to warn of the threat of Russian nationalism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism."
How dare he!
You can't fool David. Duke goes on, "It is quite possible that Medvedev himself may be Jewish — he has the same name as the Second World War, Jewish-Bolshevik terrorist, Dimitry Medvedev, and a remarkably similar name to the American Jewish extremist, Michael Medved."
Nor can you fool the fellow who wrote these comments on the blog War in Iraq:
"Both Putin and Medvdev are friends of the Zionist Lubavitchers (see above picture as proof) and will not fail them in supporting the Zionist entity but they have to do it in a covert manner."
Medvedev has a Talmudist mother and Putin is not far from that with cousins living in the Zionist entity and who are Talmudists according to Eduard Hodos website."
By the way Medvedev was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church at age 23.
The following, I'm happy to report, is taken from IslamOnline.net.
Jewish Roots Haunt Putin's Heir
MOSCOW— As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to hand over the keys of Kremlin to his confidante First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, far-rightists are trying to spoil the transition landscape, claiming that the presidential front-runner was a Jew in disguise.
"It's common knowledge. Medvedev never hide his sympathy towards Judaism," Nikolai Bondarik, who heads the nationalist Russian Party in St Petersburg, told Reuters Tuesday, February 26.
Nationalists allege that Medvedev is not a pure Russian, claiming that his mother's last name, Shaposhnikova, is Jewish; therefore, he is not fit for presidency.
"A president ought to be related by blood with his people. Imagine if Japan was run by a Chinese president," Bondarik said.
The website of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, a far-right nationalist group, has also debated Medvedev's alleged Jewish roots and used insulting slang words for Jews.
One viewer posted pictures of two Russian Jewish businessmen, Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky, asking surfers to compare facial features with Medvedev.
Medvedev has always said he follows the Russian Orthodox church. But his campaign staff declined to confirm or deny he has Jewish roots.
Putin, 55, is due to step down after a March 2 election but has said he will become prime minister.
Medvedev is certain of victory, largely thanks to Putin's iron grip on the levers of power.
He is believed to be a continuation of Putin's own policies.
Rights groups expect a Soviet-style 99.6 percent vote for Medvedev.
Medvedev said he follows the Russian Orthodox church.
Moscow's Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt dismissed the nationalists' accusations of Medvedev as new take on a well-worn theme among the rightists.
"In the 1990s groups said (then president Boris) Yeltsin was Jewish. The same has been said of (US President) George Bush," Goldschmidt told Reuters.
Goldschmidt, who is also Chairman of the European Conference of Rabbis, said the nationalists are used to targeting politicians who defend of sympathize with Jews.
"Anyone who is against xenophobia and racism is seen by some circles as 'internationalist', or somewhat Jewish", he said.
The nationalists' smear campaign is not confined to Medvedev but extended to other election rivals and other politicians.
A video on the internet video-sharing website Youtube shows Andrei Bogdanov, leader of the Russian Democratic Party, covered with a large Star of David.
Anti-Kremlin campaigner Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion, is part-Jewish.
One far-right website said he was not qualified to criticize a pro-Kremlin politician because of his origins.
Russian Jewish leaders decry rising attacks by nationalists targeting the Jewish minority, estimated at some one million.
Last year, there were about 20 recorded attacks on Jewish people and property in Russia, according to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ), a US non-governmental organization.
They included graffiti on Jewish gravestones saying "Holocaust 2007", a vandalized synagogue in the far eastern port of Vladivostok and an assault on a visiting rabbi from Canada.