Wednesday, June 28, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein spoke at a meeting of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation.
«For me it’s especially exciting time. 33 years ago I was arrested here in Moscow, for the teaching of Hebrew, and today I greet you in this language», — said the speaker of the Knesset.
Most of his speeches were delivered in Hebrew. «After nine years of being in «denial», of which three and a half years in the Gulag, I was able to immigrate to Eretz Israel, where the miracle of rebirth of my nation from the ashes of the Diaspora and the Holocaust, said Edelstein. – Exactly thirty years ago, I immigrated to Israel, and my visit is the completion of a huge way — my personal and the Jewish people», — said the speaker of the Knesset.
«Peace be with you» — he said in Russian, and thanked the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko for the opportunity to speak to members of the Council.
As previously reported, during his visit, Edelstein will meet with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, and also with the heads of Jewish communities.
For the guest from Israel will be given a tour of Moscow. Yuli Edelstein expressed a desire to visit places which are associated with his youth. He will visit the Choral synagogue; visit the house where he was arrested for his Zionist activities and teaching Hebrew, as well as the courthouse and the Butyrka prison.