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.

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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...