Synagogue opens in Moscow prison

April 3, 2011 16:22

A synagogue has opened inside a prison in Moscow, the capital of Russia.

The synagogue at Moscow’s Detention Center No. 2, known as Butyrskaya prison, is the fifth synagogue operating in the country’s prisons. The other four are in regional cities.

This newest shul came about through an agreement between the Russian Army’s rabbinate and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, according to

At the opening ceremony, Col. Viktor Dezhurov, Moscow director of Russia’s Federal Corrections Service, told that visiting a synagogue would give prisoners the opportunity to reconsider their past deeds.

The FJC has registered about 400 Jewish inmates in Russian prisons, mostly convicted of white-collar crimes.

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