RETURN OF IRON CURTAIN: Russia Orders Jewish Agency To End All Activities

Jewish Agency headquarters, Jerusalem. (Photo: By Neta - Own work, Wikimedia Commons)

The Russian government has ordered the Jewish Agency to halt all activities inside the country, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

The Jewish Agency’s office in Moscow received the order in an official letter from the Russian government earlier this week.

Jewish Agency officials confirmed to The Post that they received the order and they are coordinating a response in consultation with the Agency’s office in Jerusalem, Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and the Prime Minister’s Office.

“As part of the work of the Jewish Agency’s delegation in Russia, we are occasionally required to make certain adjustments, as required by authorities,” an official said. “The contacts with the authorities take place continuously, with the aim of continuing our activities in accordance with the rules set by the competent bodies. Even nowadays, such a dialogue takes place.”

According to The Post, halting the Jewish Agency’s operations in Russia would have a dramatic effect on Russian Jews and prevent them from making aliyah. Thousands of Russian Jews who want to make aliyah are already stuck in Russia due to the fact that sanctions have caused most international airlines to halt flights to the country.

The order comes amid increasing tension between Israel and Russia in the wake of the war in Ukraine and Israel’s ongoing strikes in Syria, where Russia controls the airspace.

On Monday night, Russia’s Foreign Ministry condemned Israel for allegedly attacking Syria last week. “We strongly condemn such irresponsible actions that violate the sovereignty of Syria and the basic norms of international law, and we demand their unconditional cessation,” a foreign ministry statement said.

According to a report in May, the majority of Jews in Russia have left or intend to leave the country in the near future.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. I guess Chazal were not joking, when they said that during the generation of Mashiach, there will be mind boggling problems (example: mass shootings, fires, massacres in Ukraine , arabs killing Jews, people are being tortured in China and the list goes on and on). Take a look at Russia, they do whatever they want.
    I guess we are stuck. The only way to survive nowadays is Torah and loving kindness.

  2. The article states: Thousands of Russian Jews who want to make aliyah are already stuck in Russia due to the fact that sanctions have caused most international airlines to halt flights to the country.

    Yet the article fails to explain why there is any hinderance when Israel has not halted flights to and from Russia nor does the article explain what evidence there is that thousands of russians want to make Aliyah.

    I have come to apply the following litmus test to identify propaganda: if something i just read leaves me with more questions than answers, it is probably safe to ignore the article as useless propaganda.


    Wow, a shiver went up my spine when I read that headline. Russia closed their borders? They made all practice of religion illegal? They closed down all the shuls and mikvaos? They arrested all the rabbis? They sent all the yeshiva students to Siberia?

    Then I read the article…
    Sigh of relief.

    Why waste such a dramatic headline on such a (relatively) insignificant event?

  4. silly headline, too bad our leaders don’t have the chutzpah to draw lines…..Putin is leading his country as should most of the other leaders ……I feel more fearful of the street than anything else…where illiterate Arabs line up like stones

  5. It is when the goyim take the Torah that we want the spiritual it also can come with the physical, before it could be “lo alenu” but when goyim don’t let them the virtue of jew come

  6. So Putin is destroying Ukraine but saving Eretz Yisroel. Maybe he could invite Lieberman back to help him run Russia.