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October 26, 2004
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An independent Jewish census in Russia should be conducted, Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar said. Jewish leaders have challenged the first post-Soviet census in Russia, held in 2002, which found 259,000 Jews out of a total population of 145 million Russians. Some experts and religious authorities believe this number represents only a fraction of Russian Jews because so many hesitate to state their nationality as Jewish when asked by census-takers.

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