Moscow (Jun. 13)
Moisei Ruchimovitch, the son of a blacksmith, was today appointed Railway Commissar of the Soviet government. He is the second Jew to become a member of the Soviet cabinet, the other being M. Yakovlev, Land Commissar.
M. Ruchimovitch, who is 41, has until now been vice-president of the Supreme Economic Council, the highest Soviet industrial body. He joined the Communist Party in 1913 and since the Revolution has occupied high military and industrial positions in Ukrainia.
In the present economic program of the Soviet Union the Railway Commissar holds an important position. Foreign experts, especially from the United States, have been brought in to aid in developing Russia’s railways which are the key to the five-year plan. The appointment of M. Ruchi###vitch to this strategic position is an indication of the efforts being made by the Soviet to obtain the best equipped executives in its high places.