Their country suddenly a pariah, Jews look for ways to leave Russia


March 18, 2022

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People exit an Allegro train at the central railway station in Helsinki, March 3, 2022. Trains to Finland are packed with Russians fearful that now is their last chance to escape the impact of Western sanctions.

TEL AVIV (JTA) - "You'll be calling until the mashiach comes," one woman responded this week to a frantic query about embassy appointments on a Facebook group for Russians planning to move to Israel.

While Russians seeking to make the move, known as aliyah, may not have to wait until the messiah arrives, they are facing extended delays even as their country sinks into crisis because of the war their president, Vladimir Putin, launched last month against neighboring Ukraine.

In Moscow and St. Petersburg, wait times for appointments at the Israeli embassies have grown recently and now can be...

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