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Russia Sponsors Israeli Welfare System

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu smiles as he addresses supporters on election night at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv early on April 10, 2019. (Photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP)

On June 6, 2016, Israel and Russia signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of social security. The Agreement determines the procedures for granting old age, disability and survivor pensions and other benefits to citizens of the Russian Federation and the State of Israel who live on their territory and are covered by their laws.

On November 28, 2019, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that 20,000 Israelis, who have pensionable service in the Russian Federation or the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (a part of the USSR) have been recognized as eligible for payments of pensions by Russia. A total amount paid to Israeli citizens is over 870 million rubles (approx. 14 million USD).

Additionally, on July 8, 2017, the Russian President issued a decree giving lifetime benefits to some WWII veterans from the Former Soviet Union who now live in Israel. According to the decree, a monthly benefit to the tune of 1,000 rubles (approx. $16) will be awarded to Israeli nationals who used to live in the USSR and fought for their country between 1941-1945 or who were underage prisoners of concentration camps. 500 rubles (approx. $16) will be paid per month to Israeli citizens who hold the title of “Citizen of Besieged Leningrad,” as well as to widows and widowers of service members who died fighting Nazi Germany and its allies, or during the Soviet war with Finland (1939-1940) and the war with Japan (August-September 1945), and former adult prisoners of camps. The Russian Foreign Ministry says that as of November 2019, Rusisa paid 800,000 rubles (approx. 12,500 USD) to Israeli citizens under this decree.

In 2017, Russia spent 41.5 billion rubles to pay pensions to citizens of other countries that have pensionable service in the Russian Federation or the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. At that time, Russia was paying pensions to citizens of 129 states, including Israel (41,400 people), Germany (101,400 people), and the United States (21,800 people). Thus, the number of Israeli citizens receiving Russian pensions doubled thanks to the 2016 agreement.

These actions of the Russian government are expected to demonstrate that it, as the successor of the USSR, did not forget about the role that people who immigrated to other states for one reason or another contributed to the development of the Soviet economy. Nonetheless, the exceptional conditions for Israelis raise a reasonable question. Why does Russia demonstrate such a kindness to Israeli citizens? In the 1990s and 2000s, an equal or even bigger number of people immigrated to Germany and Canada. There are no agreements easing the process of receiving pensions for these people.

It is not clear what was behind the Russian decision to make such an agreement with Israel. There are a few possible reasons:

  • This is a part of the Israeli-Russian deal on Syria and (or) Ukraine;
  • This is a public demonstration of the influence of the Israeli lobby in the Russian political establishment;
  • This measure is designed to strengthen relations between Russia and Israel.

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  • klove and light

    and i will repeat the truth here over and over again

    Putin is a treacherous Zionist pig!!!!!

    • Хасен Жасем Халфет

      repeat it all you want does not mean you are right.

    • roger

      You are driven to oppose Putin because you are the actual Zionist.

    • Murghi ka Darba.

      relax! just keep Syria and unusual Israeli hostility towards it in mind! this could prove to be a great strategic move! See it in the strategic and Syrian context and u may understand! Trust this current leadership in Russia, Putin is not as stupid as he looks, behaves and his stupid jokes are!

      So relax!

  • LR captain

    i want Stalin back

    • Thomas Osa Jeng

      But wasn’t Stalin a jew

      • LR captain

        read up on it no he was not but he was tolerant of them in fact he wanted his own Jewish republic in USSR to keep them separate from the rest of the people. As the soviet communists were atheist and push that agenda onto people.

        Besides im sure he would not be doing stuff like giving pensions to citizens out side of the country

        • Murghi ka Darba.

          relax! this could be a very good strategic move! be patient and trust Mr Putin, he is not as stupid as he looks and behaves!

          Relax people, plz relax! and never be quick to jump to conclusions without first analysing the situation in a wholesome manner! Israel and its power is a reality lets respect it, but in the meantime protect our interests too, specially Syria!

          • LR captain

            how about you Realized that putin is paying 20,000 people are not even living in his country. Because they were former citizens that CHOSE to move out. They were not forced, they even had their own autonomous region that they could be in but the still CHOSE to move away. this has NOTHING TO DO WITH SYRIA.

            This is wild card and not worth analyzing, Israelis political elite break promises all time. DO NOT PUT POSITIVE ON SOMETHING THEY WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE ISRAELS BAD BEHAVIOR.

            If anything this is gift from Putin to bibi in order to boost his popularity.

  • Хасен Жасем Халфет

    The answer of the question is right there in the article. Russia has an agreement with israel while Canada and Gemany did not have such agreement.
    Why ask such a question then ?

    • Murghi ka Darba.

      dont write dumb comments! and LEARN TO CONTROL YR FAMOUS SLAVIC EGO! this remains yr biggest weakness to this day! something tells me, u people have still not learnt the right lessons of yr Afghan experience 40 years ago!

  • Taz T

    Russia is fiancing Zionist occupiers.

  • Black Waters

    But they are outside Russia, what’s the point in that?

    • Murghi ka Darba.

      relax! this could be a very good strategic move! be patient and trust Mr Putin, he is not as stupid as he looks and behaves!

      The Russian influence on these radical jews who make up majority of support to be groups like Netanyahu and Company in Israel as well as they make up majority of MOSSAD/Shin Bet recruits these days, could be Gold in long run!

      Keep this unusual hostility towards Syria and Palestinians of these people in mind!

  • Saladin

    Over 1.5 million Israelis (roughly 20%) speak Russian at home, an estimated 1/3 of them are not ethnically Jewish at all, they are Russians
    Furthermore, most of them are racists towards the Arabs of Palestine and an ardent supporters of the current Israeli regime
    There are other countries with significant Russian minorities ( The Baltic republics, Ukraine, Moldova ) but they are also on a collision course with Russia.
    Israel is not.
    If you see the lack of respect that the USSR and Russia had towards the Arabs they were supposed to help (Syria, Lybia, pre 1975 Egypt ) and compare it to to mutual respect and cordial relationships that Russia has with Israel you understand that the Arabs should be banking on other Muslim countries not on crusaders

    • Murghi ka Darba.

      relax! this could be a very good strategic move! be patient and trust Mr Putin, he is not as stupid as he looks and behaves!

  • Leon

    I have been saying this for months, but the Putinolagers remain insensitive to any argument against their living God.
    – Most important for Russia: to try that Turkey leaves NATO. Erdogan has understood and plays with Putin’s feet.
    – Very important for Russia: sell its weapons to Turkey, its atomic power stations, South stream. Erdogan has understood this and is also using it to get Putin what he wants in Syria (invasion N / E N / O of it) and prohibition to resume Idlib.
    – Important obviously Heimim and Tartous.
    Apart from that Putin completely mocks Syria and helps Israel to fight Iran by allowing bombing of Iranian positions. Iran, on the contrary, really wants Syria to regain all its sovereignty.
    Putin is largely disloyal to Syria and is greedy like USRaël.
    Iranians are obviously not allowed to export their AA Bavar defense to Syria. (Too dangerous for his friends in Israel)

    • Murghi ka Darba.

      relax! this could be a very good strategic move! be patient and trust Mr Putin, he is not as stupid as he looks and behaves!

      First wait to see its long term results! dont be foolish!

    • Murghi ka Darba.

      take it in the context of Israel and its unusual hostility towards Syria, maybe Its unusually high influence on Kurdis. These radical jews as they r most of Russian background these days…….they make the bulk of MOSSAD/Shin Bet recruits these days too. So be patient and trust Putin’s leadership, he isnt that stupid Slavic with big Ego as these Russian beaucracratcs usually look! Atleast he has the ability to calmly assess the situation unlike the previous leaders of Russian Federation/ USSR.