Number of Russian Jews down sharply in last decade, pre-Ukraine war census reveals


January 27, 2023

(JTA) — An exodus of Jews from Russia since President Vladimir Putin invaded neighboring Ukraine has drawn widespread attention over the last year. But according to statistics released recently by Russia’s official statistics bureau, the country’s Jewish population had fallen sharply long before the tanks began rolling.

The statistics, published last month by Russia’s Federal State Statistics Service, showed that just 82,644 people identified themselves as Jews on the national census, conducted in 2021.

Another nearly 2,000 people identified with related categories such as Mountain Jews (from...

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