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January 18, 2006
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Moscow’s chief rabbi, who was banned from Russia for more than nine weeks last year, was issued a new visa good for one year. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, a Swiss citizen and Russian resident for 15 years, returned to Moscow last Friday. In late September, Russian authorities canceled Goldschmidt’s visa at a Moscow airport as he tried to re-enter the country from Israel; they cited vague security reasons. After the issue was taken up by international and Russian Jewish leaders, Russia granted Goldschmidt a short-term visa in December, and he had to leave the country before the new year to apply for a long-term one.

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