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Within months of start of Putin's presidency, Federation of Jewish Communities and Chabad Community Centre were created


A Hasidic ghetto is being created in Moscow


On November 25, 1999, in the Russian "White House a meeting was held between the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the leadership of the newly created Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FEOR).  On September 18, 2000,  Putin , who became President of Russia , together with the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berl Lazar ( see photo) and Roman Abramovich cut the ribbon at the entrance to the new building of the Moscow Jewish Community Center (MEOC), the construction of which cost $12 million (of which $180,000 was "donated" by Vladimir Gusinsky). According to Lazar, the MEOC building has “7,200 square meters of beautiful spacious premises. The prayer hall for 2,000 seats serves both for worship and for holding solemn events, meetings with guests of the center - statesmen from different countries, famous actors and writers - famous Jews of Russia ”(see photo). The infrastructure of the MEOC includes a kosher meat restaurant, a dairy cafe and even ... Pavel Chebotar's self-defense school ( see photo ). 


In 2001, the Moscow authorities transferred to the Moscow Jewish Community (MEOC) for free temporary use a building with an area of ​​8.5 thousand square meters on Obraztsova Street, as well as a land plot with an area of ​​​​about 3.057 hectares with buildings (the territory of the former Bakhmetevsky bus depot) "for operation and maintenance of existing buildings and engineering systems in working condition for the period of design and construction of an educational and sports and leisure complex in 2001-2005. and the creation of the Russian Jewish Museum of Tolerance .


On December 21, 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with   former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, again visited the Moscow Jewish Community Center in Maryina Roshcha (MEOC) to congratulate the Jews on the holiday of Hanukkah. As a keepsake, Putin was presented with a Hanukkah lamp - the menorah. Thanking, the President of Russia promised that “the light and goodness that the Hanukkah menorah will radiate will also illuminate the Kremlin,” and he himself took part in the solemn lighting of the menorah ( see photo).

Two years later, on June 10, 2003, President of the Russian Federation Putin declared: “...Some objects associated with the Jewish community of Russia are our pride... Among them are the Moscow Jewish Community Center and the synagogue in Maryina Roshcha, which is a quite a unique structure, perhaps the only one in the world ...”. Andrei Fursenko, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, agrees with him: “I highly appreciate the efforts of the Moscow Jewish community to ensure a full-fledged national and cultural life. I was convinced that the center was built very rationally and meets the interests of the most diverse groups of visitors. This innovative idea seems to me very useful for any public organization.”

1. 02. 2005 First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Moscow Jewish community center in Maryina Roshcha , accompanied by the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Andrey Fursenko. Medvedev visited the synagogue located on the territory of the center, where Berl Lazar, who accompanied him, showed him a Torah scroll.

In August 2009, the Moscow authorities accepted the proposal of the prefecture of the North-Eastern Administrative District to create a pedestrian zone in Novosushevsky Lane on the section from Obraztsova Street to Novosushchevskaya Street. The project provided for a change in tram route number 19 and assumed traffic without stopping at Novosushevsky Lane and extension from Obraztsova Street along the route of tram route number 7 to the reversal ring on Kalanchevskaya Street.

The decision to eliminate the tram rails was made by the district prefect Irina Raber and the head of the capital's construction complex Vladimir Resin , chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Jewish Congress:

If the project were implemented, the residents of Maryina Roshcha and neighboring areas would be left without public transport. Muscovites stated in April 2010 that the pedestrian zone was needed only to connect the administration building of the Moscow Community Jewish Center and the Garage exhibition complex, owned by the same organization . By tram number 19, residents of Maryina Roshcha can reach Novoslobodskaya metro station in 6-8 minutes. If the tram was removed, people would have to walk or travel with transfers.

On April 1, 2010, the Communist Party faction in the Moscow City Duma held a round table on the problem of preserving tram transport in Moscow. A specific subject of discussion was the problem of preserving tram route No. 19, which is necessary for residents of the Maryina Roshcha municipal district. The meeting was chaired by the head of the apparatus of the Communist Party faction Oleg Markin and co-chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Citizens' Rights Sergei Selivankin, assistant to the head of the Communist Party faction A.E. Klychkov.

The meeting took place at the urgent request of the residents of the Maryina Roshcha district, with whom they addressed during the meeting of the deputies of the faction with voters on March 6, 2010. From the initiative group, Alexander Travushkin spoke in defense of the 19th tram, who told those present that the residents were surprised and learned with indignation that the district council had already held a “meeting” with them, at which they allegedly “requested” to eliminate the 19th tram route . It turned out that most of the people mentioned by the council were not at this imaginary meeting. The spontaneously formed initiative group began to find out where and from whom the initiative to eliminate the tram route along Novosushevsky lane comes from and began to collect signatures under appeals to the mayor and president.It turned out that the Jewish Community Center was the initiator of the creation of the pedestrian zone . Its administrative building and the Garage cultural center are located on both sides of Novosushevsky Lane.

Valentina Zorina, who spoke further, said that under the appeal against the creation of a pedestrian zone along Novosushevsky Lane, first 1200 signatures were collected, and then another 900. She also told the round table participants that the first document on holding a meeting of residents in the council was drawn up with gross violations. Not everything is going smoothly with the signatures of the participants in the second meeting of residents. It turned out that many of the residents did not participate in the meeting. And those who were on it turned out to be employees of the council and the DEZ. They honestly admitted that they were ordered to come to the meeting and did not ask anything. And only read out the decision to remove the 19th tram route.

Valentina Nikitina, who represented the community of the Church of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, said that the elimination of the tram route would significantly complicate the ability of parishioners to constantly attend church and conveyed to the representatives of the city authorities the urgent request of the parishioners not to remove the tram route 19.

… On August 9, 2011, the new Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, canceled the order of the former city authorities on the creation of a pedestrian zone in Novosushevsky Lane in the Marina Roshcha area in order to preserve the transport infrastructure of the area.

For reference : in 1979, the Soviet publishing house Progress published the memoirs of Mishket Lieberman, a prominent functionary from the GDR, “From the Berlin Ghetto to the New World. Memoirs of an Anti-Fascist". It was a picturesque and detailed story about how the Jewish community from Galicia, completely unaffected by progressive trends and living in isolation, after the outbreak of the First World War, fleeing from its horrors, moved not just into the depths of Germany, but to Berlin, and not just to Berlin, and to its center - to the area of ​​Alexanderplatz and the famous Lindenallee, for a year and a half (in 1915-1916) ousting the German population from the center . Jewish refugees organized their own voluntary ghetto in the heart of Germany and began to live in it according to laws and customs.

About the mores that prevailed in the Berlin voluntary ghetto, Lieberman recalls this:

“Yes, and there was a ghetto in Berlin. Voluntary e ... The ghetto had its own food supply... The immigrant Jews cut themselves off from the outside world. They lived like Moses on Mount Sinai: they strictly followed the ten commandments and hundreds of prohibitions ... Most Orthodox Jews - both old and young - could not read and write German ... The girls had a really bad time. They sat at home and waited for marriageable age. Mixed marriage was considered by believing Jews to be the greatest sin. There was no question of him at all ... ".

About her mother: “What kind of hair she had, she herself did not know. She simply had not had them since the wedding. She was forced to shave them off before going to the altar. So the ritual demanded . Now she cut them every month. Almost bald. She wore a wig that made her look older and even uglier . The ritual forbade men to cut their hair. They wore long beards and sidelocks almost to their shoulders. Crazy world…".

About their sisters: “... they set the festive table. Everything was ready on Friday. The food was in the oven. She was covered with feather beds so that she kept warm all day. The food did not really cool down, but it turned sour, especially in summer. Hence, so many fanatical stomach sufferers ... Women were not allowed to participate in the feast. Not to pray in the same room with men, not to sit at the same table.”

About his father-in-law: “I got a job at a slaughterhouse where I could feed myself. Like others at the slaughterhouse, he drank the blood of slaughtered animals "...

In August 1991, a war broke out in Brooklyn's Crown Heights district in New York between the same voluntary Hasidic ghetto as in Berlin, from where the Hasidim survived almost all foreigners , and the Negro neighborhoods surrounding it. The reason for its beginning was very characteristic: the Jewish king was driving in his luxurious limousine, accompanied by a whole convoy of retinue and guards. Having rushed through the intersection at a red light, the Hasidic driver ran over two black boys. The Jewish ambulance, called by radio, set to work sealing up the scratched face of the driver, paying no attention to the children; seven-year-old Gavin Kato bled to death on the pavement.

The most remarkable thing about this outrageous incident is that the Hasidim behaved in complete agreement with the Talmud. The reaction of the surrounding population was understandable. The Hasidic cavalcade barely managed to get away, and a young Jew who got caught by the Negroes, who looked at the crushed children with a grin, was lynched on the spot. The mob smashed Jewish shops and smashed windows in houses; one can only be surprised that nothing more happened, but by the beginning of September 1991, two dead and more than 300 wounded were registered - the figures are clearly underestimated - and material losses of tens of millions of dollars. Rushing with the police to appease the passions of New York Mayor Dinkins - the first Negro in this position, who replaced the Jew Eduard Koch - the crowd threw bottles, cursing him as a Jewish servant, which is probably not far from the truth, for he owes his election to Jewish votes and money: without both, no one can be elected Mayor of New York. The war of blacks with Hasidim has not ceased since then ...

From the editor . See on this topic the articles " Ghetto in Stavropol ": and " Synagogue on Rublyovka ":