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Russian-speaking Jewish lawmakers meet

Russian-speaking Jewish lawmakers from several countries gathered in Moscow for a two-day conference.

The World Congress of Russian-Speaking Jews, headed by Boris Shpigel, a member of Russia’s upper house of parliament, invited its Parliamentary Club of Russian-speaking legislators for a conference Thursday and Friday.

The event includes members of the Israeli Knesset and Ukraine’s Rada, as well as lawmakers from the United States, Latvia and Germany. Members of Russia’s Duma and Federation Council, the upper and lower houses of parliament, also are hosting the event.

Shpigel said the members of the Parliamentary Club represent a significant political force.

The conference includes meetings with Russian government officials and is designed in part to work out recommendations for model laws in the members’ home countries.

“The parliamentary club will become a new effective instrument of dialogue and cooperation among nations,” Shpigel told Itar-Tass.

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