Russia To Expel Israeli-Born Rabbi Accused Of Espionage

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 2, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrey Rudakov.

An Israeli-born rabbi serving as the chief rabbi for the Jewish community in Siberia is facing deportation, after apparently being accused of espionage.

Rabbi Asher Krichevsky, a Chabad emissary in Omsk and chief rabbi of the Siberian Jewish community, has faced deportation attempts by local authorities for years amid accusations he poses a threat to “Russia’s constitutional order”.

Earlier this year, Krichevsky’s residency permit was nullified on the basis of information provided by the Russian FSB security agency, a court said.


In February last year, the same happened to Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, a US citizen in the Black Sea city of Sochi, who was also accused of posing a threat to national security.


Read more at Arutz Sheva.




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