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05/18/1996

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Emigre Flood Blamed

TEL AVIV, Israel () -- Russia's ambassador to Israel suggested Thursday that problems the Jewish Agency is facing in Moscow may stem from Russian resentment over a flood of Jewish emigrants to Israel, an Israeli official said. Alexander Bovin met with Jewish Agency director Avraham Burg after the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday saying the organization's license to operate had been revoked because it ""allowed breaches"" of Russian law. In an interview with Israel TV, Bovin said the matter was only technical and denied it stemmed from anti-Semitic feelings. However, in a closed meeting with Burg, Bovin acknowledged that some circles in Russia are not happy with the Jewish Agency's active campaign to move Jews to Israel, an agency official said on condition of anonymity.

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