The Ministry of Justice asked the Ministry of Justice to liquidate the representative office of the Jewish Agency (Sokhnut) in Russia. The organization refused to comment on the process
The Jewish Agency “Sohnut” in Moscow
Israel will send a delegation to Russia to discuss the situation around the liquidation of the representative office of the Jewish Agency (“Sohnut”), Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid wrote on his Twitter. The Moscow department of the Ministry of Justice made a request to liquidate the agency in Russia.
“Over the past hour, I have discussed the situation with the activities of the Jewish Agency in Russia with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Council and decided to send a joint delegation next week to the relevant ministries [of Russia] to ensure the continuation of the activities of the agencies,” — he said.
RBC turned to the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, for comment.
As RBC was previously told in the press service of the Basmanny Court of Moscow, pre-trial preparation for the lawsuit for the liquidation of «Sohnut» scheduled for July 28, after which the date of the meeting will be determined at the request of the Ministry of Justice. In "Dry" declined to comment further to RBC on the course of the trial.
The President of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, told RBC that he did not know the reasons why the Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate the Sokhnut representative office. in Russia.
Answering a question from RBC about whether the Russian Jewish Congress would intervene in the situation, Kanner said: “Procedurally, there is no place for us there. The Ministry of Justice went to court. If the case went to court, then, apparently, no contacts worked anymore. I know that there was an attempt to settle through diplomatic channels. This news will spur the Jews to leave Russia, go to Israel. And the work ["Sohnuta"] will be reorganized somehow, will go online".
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"I hope not, because "Dry" works everywhere in the world where there is a Jewish community (except Iran). «Dry»— very important, solid Israeli organization. Israel's first prime minister, Ben-Gurion, was the head of the Sokhnut, — added Kanner.
Agency "Sohnut" founded in 1929 to promote the repatriation of Jews to Palestinian lands, and after the independence of Israel— to the Israeli state. In Russia, the offices of the Sokhnuta representative office work in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov and a number of other cities.
In early July, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Sokhnut office received a letter from the Russian government demanding to stop work. The organization said that they were working on a response and would coordinate it with the Israeli government.
At the same time, the representative office then told RBC that they had not received a demand to immediately stop work, and refused to provide further explanations.
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