Courting the Russian vote on ‘Noviy God’

“Noviy God,” the Gregorian New Year, is an important day on the calendars of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, which includes a big family meal,and an opportunity for politicians to pander to Russian- speaking voters.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu has long been a popular, and maybe the most popular political party among immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

However, with some of the party’s senior officials, including Yisrael Beytenu Secretary-General and Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirschenbaum under investigation, some other parties see a window of opportunity to bring in Russian votes. Continue Reading


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