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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jewish Leader Denied

WASHINGTON () -- Russia apparently refused a visa request by American Jewish leader David Harris because of a bureaucratic error and will give him one soon, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.

Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, said he did not accept the explanation, adding:

"I am left with the reluctant conclusion that this, coupled with the disturbing signs in recent months -- [including] the troubling remarks of General Lebed -- was a willful action designed to send a political signal of a changing Russia."