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Avigdor Eskin (born April 26, 1960) is Russian-Israeli controversial conservative journalist and political activist. Born in the Soviet Union, Eskin emigrated to Israel where he became involved in radical right-wing politics.
Avigdor Eskin was born in 1960 to a secular Jewish family in Moscow. When he was 11 years old, he began illicitly listening to Western radio stations such as Voice of America, Kol Israel, and the BBC Russian Service. Inspired by a religious Catholic friend, he took an interest in Judaism and began attending synagogue soon afterward. He became an Orthodox Jew and committed Zionist.
Despite harassment by the KGB, Eskin participated in Zionist activities. He became the youngest underground Hebrew teacher, and translated Meir Kahane's Never Again manifesto into Russian. Eskin also became determined to emigrate to Israel, and was granted an exit visa in 1978. He emigrated to Israel in January 1979 at the age of 18. Just before his departure, he took a brief trip to Siberia to show solidarity with Iosif Begun, a Zionist activist who had been exiled there.
In Israel, he became active in Meir Kahane's Kach movement, where he served as a key advisor. He was conscripted into Israel Defense Forces, where he served in an artillery support unit for a paratrooper detachment. He participated in and was wounded during the 1982 Lebanon War.
Eskin was a founder of Israeli New Right movement together with the former MK Michael Kleiner and was behind the alliance between the Israeli right and American conservatives, led by senator Jesse Helms. Additionally, he was a mastermind behind the arms supply to the anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua. The most controversial of his activities was his support of the White regime in South Africa, until its collapse in the early 1990s.
Eskin achieved notoriety in 1995 when he laid a Pulsa diNura death curse on Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin in response to the Oslo Accords. The Pulsa diNura is generally believed to "work" within 30 days, and it was 32 days after Eskin’s curse that Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir.
In 1999, Eskin defiled the grave of Izz al-Din al-Qassam: he placed a pig's head on the grave. For this, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, until February 20, 2003.
Today, Eskin frequently lectures in Russia on political science and theological matters, and is well-known. He is liked within the Russian conservative circles, due to his staunch support of Vladimir Putin, and his anti-Ukrainian, anti-Georgian and anti-Estonian stance. He is frequently criticized by liberal media as a right-wing bigot and an anti-democrat.
Eskin led the campaign against the awarding of the title of Hero of Ukraine to Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych. The campaign attracted protests by 36 Israeli Knesset members and 10 members of the US Congress.
- (Russian) Eskin home page