When I went on MSNBC last summer and described Putin's Russia this way...
“What’s happening right now in Russia to LGBT people isn’t what happened to Jews in Germany in 1943—it’s what happened to Jews in Germany in 1933."
...I was accused of overstating the case. Yes, yes: the Russian government was targeting a tiny, vulnerable minority group for political and social violence. Classic scapegoating of the "other," all meant to unite Russians against an existential (and fictional) threat. But Russia now is nothing like Nazi Germany then. We've since seen the invasion of a neighboring country on trumped up grounds (which sounded very familiar), propaganda campaigns against political enemies, and now this:
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.
So, yeah, Russia is nothing like Nazi Germany. Not at all.