And they had to be converted because...? They've lived as Jews for how many thousands of years, but they are not Jewish enough for Israel without an official conversion? Of course none of the Russians are expected to convert - even the ones who open pork shops. Maybe I'm wrong, but it does look a lot like racist arrogance.
Russian defense ministry: Plane sent to intercept U.S. plane near border on Friday (Reuters)
from the article: 50 Bnei Menashe members from northeastern India arrive in Israel