Russia: Fate of Jewish Agency in hands of Justice Ministry

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(A view shows a sign at the entrance to a Russian branch of the Jewish Agency for Israel, in Moscow, Russia}

It is up to Russia’s Ministry of Justice to take a decision on the fate of the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency, which helps Jews emigrate to Israel, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a TV interview on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Justice earlier requested the liquidation of the Russian branch of the Agency.

“I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Ezekiel 38:4 

 RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Victory Day, in Red Square, in May. (credit: SPUTNIK/REUTERS)

“It’s a question for the Ministry of Justice, that’s the information I have. It definitely is a legal matter,” Zakharova said when asked about the fate of the organization.

The Jerusalem-based Jewish Agency for Israel is the largest Jewish non-profit organization in the world.

In Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office stated on Tuesday morning that earlier this month on July 5, Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged greetings, as reported in Russian media.

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