Jewish Agency source: Moscow’s steps against us ‘no real threat’ to operations in Russia

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Recent steps taken by Moscow against the Jewish Agency’s operations in Russia are not an existential threat to the organization’s activities there, a source in the Jewish Agency says.

“It’s a nuisance, but no real threat,” according to the source, who asks not to be named.

Late last week, the Russian government sent a letter to the Jewish Agency’s offices in Moscow, making a number of allegations and issuing a number of difficult demands on the group, which would make it difficult for the organization to operate freely in Russia.

The Jewish Agency says it is working with Russian authorities on the matter, with assistance from the Foreign Ministry and other government bodies.

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