09 january, 2013

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A Synagogue will be built in Grozny

A Synagogue will be built in Grozny
On January 8, an official ceremony of official renaming of the street after the former Rector of the Chechen-Ingush State University Victor Kan-Kalik took place in Subbotnikov Street in the City of Grozny. The ceremony was organized at the future construction site of a synagogue, stone laying ceremony for which is scheduled for the nearest future.
Civic Chamber Member Aslambek Paskachev visited the site.
“Relations between the Chechen and Jewish peoples have a long and very good history. Jews had lived in Grozny through many centuries in piece and accord with other residents,” he pointed.
Paskachev remembered as in the middle of the 20th century in the course of deportation of peoples to Siberia Jews had never occupied the “newly vacant” Chechen houses. “Jewish patriarchs ruled it this way. These people knew that it was to be persecuted, and they knew that Chechens would come back,” he stressed.
“In general, construction off a synagogue and giving a new name to a street are signature events not only for Chechnya but the entire Caucasus as well. Such things indicate the real situation in interethnic relations. They show the general stabilization of the situation: people can live here.”
“The territory selected for construction of a synagogue is very beautiful; it is located on the bank of the Sunzha River. Former Subbotnikov Street is one of the central streets. It is perpendicular to Vladimir Putin and Akhmad Kadyrov Avenues,” the public activist added.
Paskachev also told that he was a friend of Kan-Kalik. “We carried out sociological surveys. This was an exceptionally communicative and honest man,” he concluded.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office


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