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February 14, 2012 12:50 pm

Jewish Population in Russia Higher Than 200,000

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Synagogue in Irkutsk, Russia. Photo: wiki commons.

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia has said that a recent census estimating the current number of Jews living in the country has underestimated the count by at least a factor of 5.5, interfax-religion reported.

FJCR President Alexander Boroda spoke at the 5th FJCR congress on Monday, saying that “the real number of Jews in the country is much higher than the 2002 and 2010 censuses indicate: 233,500 and 150,000, respectively.”

This number has been spurred by the fact that very little emigration by Russian Jews to Israel and other nations has been taking place in the past few years. As a point of comparison, more than a million Soviet Jews emigrated from Russia in the early 1990s.

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