Influx into Israel seen swelling into biggest since Soviet Union’s breakup

Russian Jews Look to Israel to Escape Putin’s Wartime Isolation
by Daniel Avis
March 9, 2022

Mark Dagin last traveled from Russia to Israel more than 15 years ago for a two-week vacation with his father…Dagin’s among thousands of Russians with Jewish heritage considering relocating to Israel in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, an influx that could swell into the largest since the breakup of the Soviet Union. At least 1,400 have had their visa applications approved since the war began, triggering sanctions that have turned their country into an international pariah virtually overnight. And Israel is initially ready to absorb as many as 100,000 Jews and their extended families from both Russia and Ukraine, according to Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. READ MORE

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