Russia: Justice Ministry Calls for Dissolution of Jewish Agency | War in Ukraine

Russia: Justice Ministry Calls for Dissolution of Jewish Agency | War in Ukraine

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The Russian Justice Ministry has called for the dissolution in Russia of the Jewish Agency, which deals in particular with emigration to Israel, a Moscow court announced Thursday, amid tensions over the conflict in Ukraine.

The court received an administrative petition from the Main Department of the Ministry of Justice in Moscow requesting the dissolution […] of the non-profit organization &quot “Support for ties with the Jewish Diaspora, Jewish Agency Sokhnut”, said the spokeswoman for the Basmany court in Moscow, Ekaterina Buravtsova.

Quoted by the Interfax agency, she indicated that this request was motivated by violations of the law, without further details. According to her, a discussion requested by the judge must take place on July 28 on this case.

Following this announcement, Israel announced the dispatch of a delegation to Russia next week to ensure the continuation of the activities of the Agency in Russia, according to a statement from Prime Minister Yair Lapid's office.

The delegation was to include representatives from the Prime Minister's Office as well as the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, according to the statement.

Russia's Jewish community has deep ties to Israel. Its importance comes through in every diplomatic discussion with Russian leaders, Lapid said in the statement.

We will continue to act through diplomatic channels so that the important activity of the Jewish Agency does not cease, he added.

An Israeli official told AFP that the delegation would not deal with any issues outside of the Jewish Agency.

Last week, the Russian Ministry of Justice told the Ria-Novosti agency that it had carried out document checks with the Russian Ministry from May 30 to June 27. organization, without giving further details on the outcome of these procedures.

Created in 1929, this organization deals in particular with organizing the emigration to Israel of people of Jewish origin.

She began her work in Russia in 1989, two years before the end of the USSR, which was followed by the arrival in Israel of hundreds of thousands of Jews from all over the former Soviet Union.

The request for dissolution comes as relations between Israel and Russia have experienced a period of tension since the Kremlin offensive in Ukraine, condemned by the Israeli government.

The Jewish state has taken a cautious stance, however, arguing for privileged ties with Ukraine and Russia. Additionally, Israel has over one million citizens from the former Soviet Union.

At the end of June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Israel for not having imposed sanctions against Russia.

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