Why Putin feels at home in Israel
In the wake of the Russian president's visit, a glance at the intrigue, scheming and cynicism of Russian politics.
In late September 2002, Israeli businessman Yaakov Kedmi landed at a Moscow airport. Kedmi had once headed Nativ, the government agency for promoting immigration from the former Soviet Union and he often traveled to Russia even after his tenure ended. This time a surprise was waiting for him: He wasn't allowed to enter the country, and was forced to return immediately to Frankfurt Airport.