In Eastern Russia, the Idea of a Jewish Autonomy Is Being Brought Back to Life

Is the recent decision by Moscow to resettle the failed, far-flung Jewish Autonomous Region serious? Some scoff, but one government official hopes that this time the plan will work.

The wording of Russian government decision No. 1361 is brief and laconic: “We have agreed to implement a plan of voluntary resettlement in the Jewish Autonomous Region in Birobidzhan. The initiative is designed to help the...