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January 26, 2005
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The Russian lawmaker who initiated a letter suggesting Judaism should be banned as an extremist faith recalled the document. Alexander Krutov, a Duma deputy and media personality long known for his anti-Semitic views, did not explain why he decided to recall the letter, which urged the prosecutor general to probe and possibly ban all Jewish institutions in Russia.

Polish leaders agreed to contribute $26 million to build a Jewish museum in Warsaw. The museum is slated to be completed by 2008, Polish officials said Tuesday. Nongovernmental donations are expected to supply the remaining $50 million cost.

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