With Putin cracking down on democracy, Russian Jews are increasingly moving to Israel JTA

Immigrants from Russia on their way to Israel at Helsinki airport in November 2018. (Courtesy of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem)

This could start a trend into other countries?

The sense that Russia is growing increasingly illiberal is helping drive a surge of emigration by Jews there to Israel in the past four years. Since 2015, nearly 40,000 of them have arrived in Israel. In the entire decade prior to 2015, only 36,784 Russian Jews had come. MORE