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Soviet-Jewish Refugees and Their Political Preferences in the United States and Israel

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Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, one million Soviet Jewish refugees went to Israel and half a million went to the United States. Thirty years later, what can we say about this group’s political preferences? To what extent are their political attitudes shaped by their Soviet past and to what extent by local political culture? Are there issues unique to this set of voters? Ze’ev Khanin, a leading expert on the Russian Jewish community in Israel and the diaspora, addressed these questions.


  • Ze'ev Khanin

    Chief Scientist, Israeli Ministry of Aliya and Integration; Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Israel and Jewish Studies (Israeli Heritage), Ariel University