Kanner nominated to head Russian body

MOSCOW (JTA) – An advisory group recommended Yuri Kanner, a Russian businessman and philanthropist, to take over as president of the Russian Jewish Congress.

The umbrella group’s bureau of the presidium met Wednesday and approved Kanner’s name for the post now held by Moshe Kantor. In February, Kantor said he would step down to focus more on his work as president of the European Jewish Congress.

Kanner is not listed among the members of the congress’ boards or presidium, according to the RJC Web site. He is a member of the board of directors of the European Jewish Fund, which Kantor chairs.

His appointment must be approved by the full presidium in a meeting that RJC officials have said would take place in April.

Also at the meeting, the bureau voted to "modernize" the structure of the congress. It will start by creating the position of chairman of the presidium, according to a statement.

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