Clarification of a remark on Russian Jewish power


To the Editor:

I would like to clarify my words that were misinterpreted in the JTA article of Jan. 30, “Alexander Levin’s got a name (and cash), but does he have a plan?” by Uriel Heilman.

I was taken out of context regarding the political power of Russian Jewry. I would like to firmly emphasize that what I meant was that a million Russian-speaking Jews in America, when united as one, can have a political impact on who might be the next president of the United States, and that that this can only be carried out through democratic elections — one of the United States’ most prized commodities. All activities and programs of the newly created World Forum of Russian Jewry will be conducted only in deep cooperation with the elected governments and directed solely to bring peace and stability to the world.

In regards to the working plan for the new World Forum of Russian Jewry, I want to reiterate that the Forum was just announced last week and is currently in the process of compiling a thorough working plan, which will be presented to its International Governing Board in the upcoming weeks. After that, I would be happy to present it to the JTA and to the public.

Alexander L. Levin

Kiev, Ukraine

World Forum of Russian Jewry

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