Jews have always occupied an uneasy place in Soviet society. On the one hand, their high educational level, professional standing and achievements have often placed them in positions of prestige, respect and authority. But at the same time, those very characteristics have aroused anti-Semitic feelings long present in Soviet (and Russian) society. This mistrust of Jews, also stemming from their family ties abroad and connection with the State of Israel, hindered their full acceptance into Soviet society. One of the clearest manifestations of ambivalence toward Jews in the contemporary period is Soviet policy on Jewish emigration.


Jewish Population Nationality Policy Full Acceptance Soviet Society Soviet Policy 
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  • Laurie P. Salitan
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceThe Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA

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