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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jewish Agency Barred From Meeting in St. Petersburg

Russia has barred the Jewish Agency, which deals with the Jewish Diaspora and immigration issues, from meeting in St. Petersburg because former Yukos executive Leonid Nevzlin is a member, the Haaretz newspaper reported Thursday.

The agency's board meeting was scheduled for later this month with hundreds of participants from around the world, but the Israeli Embassy in Moscow was told Wednesday that the event could not take place, the report said.

Diplomatic sources told the paper that the ban was because of Nevzlin's membership on the board. The Russian-born businessman lives in Israel and was convicted in absentia in August 2008 to life in prison by a Russian court for ordering murders while working at Yukos.