Russian court upholds deportation of Chabad rabbi

A Russian court on Wednesday upheld the deportation of Chabad rabbi, Yisroel Silberstein, rabbi of the Primorye region in Russia's far east. According to a Federal Migration Service spokesman, the American Silberstein, listed "cultural activities," in his visa application, inconsistent with the religious work he was actually carrying out. Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia, Alexander Boroda expressed "outrage," at this decision which he said "targets Jewish spiritual workers." "This trend could significantly redraw the map of faith-based work in Russia," he warned.