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Nevzlin: "I always remembered that I am a Jew"

November 1 2006

One of the companions head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Leonid Nevzlin, who lives in the moment in Izrile and awaiting decision on their deportation to Russia, broke the revelations of his past.

"By November, tired of waiting a call to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. I felt a distinct fifth graph and my social activities throughout the Diaspora - is sufficient evidence of citizenship rights. Nevertheless, I was subjected to standard tests for the Jews," - wrote L. Nevzlin its Internet diary . We publish the most interesting parts.

For the first time with his Jewishness, I ran in seven years. Somehow I managed to notice that the last pages of the school magazine against my name written in a strange word Jew. I was so alone. The whole class. And I is at once frustrating, but I absolutely do not understand what was actually the case. In the first class do not want to be different.

I was lucky: the cases of child domestic anti-Semitism were not frequent. But when, after the ninth grade, had to go to another school, I have received over their Jewishness for the full program - until the massacre. This prompted me to try to figure out what, in fact, pay. From grandparents knew little about Judaism, synagogues, Holocaust ...

In the Gubkin Institute of the Jews were taken. So I got there and entered. There I met, finally, with "their own kind. Most of my classmates came from the provinces, where Jewish tradition still had meaning. They were well educated: the feast went to the synagogue on the hill. In the end it turned out that all this gbeshniki monitor, take photos, send information to the rector's office. And to be honest, being a good student with a young Marxist worldview, I could not take the risk because their future. Do not want to lose the opportunity to receive higher education. Do not want to go into the Soviet army. Therefore, for all his interest, I had no idea to visit a synagogue, celebrate holidays and somehow especially in Aramaic to express themselves.

In 1998, the beginning of my entry into Judaism. I started communicating with the rabbis of the Moscow Choral Synagogue and Synagogue in Marina Grove. Then I had a grown-up, he saw that Judaism is to me interesting and necessary. I began to read the Torah, the Talmud, to celebrate holidays. I became acquainted with the work of the JDC - American Jewish Welfare Board and the Jewish Agency - the Jewish Agency for Israel.

In late 2001, gladly accepted the offer to enter the Federation Council. Naturally, out of the rivers, but created its own structure of Jewish philanthropy. Then we have initiated projects, which I continue to do to this day. Studies of Eastern European and Russian Jewry at the Center Nevzlin at the Jewish University, Center for Russian and East European Jewry in Moscow. Supported by the "Holocaust" in Russia, Center for Nikita - development there is internal issue of cultural dialogue between the Jewish and Russian beginnings I was very impressed.

In 2002, Yukos was fast on his feet, and shareholders have been able to count on solid dividends. I have not worked in management. Khodorkovsky had talked of how he wants to go out of business. Then we tentatively agreed that the year 2007 we have the right to dispose of their own destiny on their own: deciding where to live, how to live, what to do. 2007-the year for me and for Misha Brudno was planned as a year of Aliyah. But it happened much faster.

Prim. Aliyah (Hebrew) - ascent, ascension - the term refers to the return of Jews to the sacred territory of the country (Eretz Yisrael).

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