On the 18th of December, the historian and politologist Vyacheslav Likhachev, who is also a member of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress General Council, commented on the Moscow riots caused by xenophobia. He spoke on a changing political environment and whether the rumors about pro-Kremlin
youth movement provocateurs being behind the riots are to be believed.
Jewish religious education began its renaissance in Russia and neighboring states at the decline of the Soviet era – in the late 1980s. The first Jewish education center in the USSR was the legendary Mekor Chayim (Source of Life) yeshiva, also known as the yeshiva of Kuntsevo.