He is not from Russia, he is from Minsk, Belarus. But he has made Israel his home. He plays for Israel in Olympiads - and at every game he plays you will see an Israeli flag displayed. It has taken Israelis a long time to notice that they have a GM (Grandmaster) of such a high calibre - in fact Israel has got a very high proportion of GMs - probably one of the highest in the world, if not the highest.
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from the article: Israeli chess master Boris Gelfand is aiming high