- (1938– )Religious leader. One of two claimants for the title of Chief Rabbi of Russia, Adolf Shayevich is a native of Birobijan in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and the chief rabbi of Moscow. The rabbi’s claim to be Russia’s supreme authority on Judaism is recognized by the Russian Jewish Congress, a rabbinical council established in 1996 and supported by many of Russia’s most prominent Jews. In a move closely tied to Vladimir Putin’s attempt to marginalize the influence of Jewish oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky, the Kremlin recognized Italian-born rabbi Berel Lazar as the leader of Russia’s Jewish community in 2000; Shayevich, an ally of Gusinsky, previously held that distinction.
Historical Dictionary of the Russian Federation. Robert A. Saunders and Vlad Strukov. 2010.
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