Russia reportedly is trying to lure back Russian Jews who immigrated to Israel.
Israeli intelligence believes that a cultural center recently opened by the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv is designed to promote the repatriation of Jews who emigrated from Russia.
During last week’s parliamentary elections in Moscow, the cultural center sent emissaries throughout Israel to encourage ex-Russians to vote.
According to Ha’aretz, the cultural center is headed by a former KGB spy whose appointment Israel briefly tried to block. The Russian Embassy was not available for comment on the report.
There are more than 1 million Israelis from the former Soviet Union.
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