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The establishment of a “Jewish Republic” comprised of the districts of Homsl, Witebsk and Minsk is urged by the Central Committee of the Communist Party, according to a well-known man who just arrived here from Russia. The Jewish population in these districts is 300,000, the non-Jewish 500,000.
The reason advanced for this proposal is that the Jewish communists have been shorn of their power and authority since being deprived of their representation in the Central Government, following the transformation of Russia into a Union of Soviet Republics with the consequent dissolution of the Commissariat of Nationalities, including the Jewish section of that Commissariat.
By establishing a “Jewish Republic” in White Russia, Jews would secure direct representation in the Union of Republics, it is asserted.
The J.T.A. understands that the plan is regarded with favor in Soviet circles, and that particularly it has the backing of M. Stalin, Minister of Nationalities, and M. Kaminiev, Vice-President.
This Agency’s informant declares it is interesting that while the Government controls and finances the army, post and telegraph in all the Republics, it leaves the educational, social and cultural questions in the hands of each of them.
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