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Avigdor Eskin (born 26 April 1960) is Russian-Israeli conservative journalist and political activist. Born in Moscow in the Soviet Union, Eskin emigrated to Israel where he became involved in right-wing politics. He currently resides in Jerusalem.
Avigdor Eskin was born as Victor Valeryevich Eskin in Moscow in 1960. His father was from an assimilated Jewish family. His mother was a Ukrainian who was not considered a Jew under Jewish law, but may have had Jewish roots. When he was 11 years old, he began taking an interest in his Jewish identity after his grandmother told him about the Holocaust, and was further inspired by a religious Catholic friend. He began illicitly listening to Western radio stations such as Voice of America, Kol Israel, and the BBC Russian Service, and attending synagogue. He converted to Judaism 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 in the Soviet Union (which was illegal at the time), and translated right-wing radical 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. Years later, Eskin's mother and sisters immigrated to Israel. In Israel, Eskin did military service in the Israel Defense Forces as part of the Hesder program, which combines regular military service with religious studies.
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 organised 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 due to its staunch anti-communist politics, until its collapse in the early 1990s.
Eskin laid a Pulsa diNura death curse on Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin in 1995, 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 20 February 2003.
Feud with Avigdor Lieberman
In 2007, Eskin and two private investigators were arrested, but not indicted, on suspicion that they illegally wiretapped Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman and businessman Michael Chernoy. This was part of a long-running feud between Avigdor Eskin and Avigdor Lieberman - with Eskin describing Lieberman as a "leftist".
Russia and Ukraine
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.
In 2014, Eskin called for the Russian intervention in Ukraine during the Euromaidan revolution, and attempted to rally Knesset's support for it. Since the start of the War In Donbass, he supported the separatists.
Eskin frequently lectures in Russia on political science and theological matters. 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. Eskin has close ties to Russian political analyst Aleksandr Dugin, having previously served on the central committee of Dugin's Eurasia Party.
In May 2018 Ukraine has forbidden entry for three years with blocking of the right to dispose of assets and the belonging property.
Eskin is active in South African politics, frequently visiting the country, and working as an activist for Afrikaners' rights. In this role, he has caused diplomatic incidents, notably when describing Desmond Tutu as a fascist who is oppressing the Afrikaner people.
Eskin is married, with seven children.
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- (in Russian) Official website