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Soviet Government Re-opens Talks with Israel on Russian Property

The Soviet Government today reopened negotiations with Israel on former Russian properties in various parts of Israel. The negotiations were resumed after a lengthy interruption. They were opened again after Soviet Ambassador Michail Bodrov returned from a home visit with a directive to negotiate sale of the properties to Israel.

The properties include the Russian compound in Jerusalem in which is situated the Israel law courts, the Ministries of Labor and Agriculture, Police headquarters and municipality offices.

Also involved are the Government’s administrative offices in Nazareth and other areas but not the sites of churches and monasteries still registered personally in the names of Russian members of the family of the last Russian czar as head of the Russian Orthodox Church missions which settled in Palestine before World War II.