Avigdor Eskin

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Avigdor Eskin, 2017

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2][3] 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.[citation needed] 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.[4] 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.[3]

Political activities[edit]

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.[5] 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.

In May 2005, Eskin won a slander case that he filed against Barry Chamish.[6] He later described Chamish as "heavy drinking person, who sucked his theories from the bottle".

Feud with Avigdor Lieberman[edit]

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.[7] This was part of a long-running feud between Avigdor Eskin and Avigdor Lieberman - with Eskin describing Lieberman as a "leftist".

Russia and Ukraine[edit]

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.[8]

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.[1][9][10] Eskin has close ties to Russian political analyst Aleksandr Dugin, having previously served on the central committee of Dugin's Eurasia Party.[11]

In May 2018 Ukraine has forbidden entry for three years with blocking of the right to dispose of assets and the belonging property.[12]

South Africa[edit]

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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Eskin is married, with seven children.


  1. ^ a b "Focus". MwcNews.net (in French). Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  2. ^ פוגלמן, שי (28 October 2010). "15 שנה אחרי שערך טקס פולסא דנורא ליצחק רבין, אביגדור אסקין מאחד את הימין הקיצוני בעולם". הארץ.
  3. ^ a b "2 Former Soviet Jews in U.S. to Tell About Plight of Soviet Jews". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 7 May 1981. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  4. ^ "We won". Haaretz. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  5. ^ Fogelman, Shay (5 November 2016). "We Won". Haaretz. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ "The Crimes of Avigdor Eskin - part 2". www.yitchakrabin.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2006.
  7. ^ Lis, Jonathan (5 November 2016). "Extremist Eskin Arrested, Suspected of Wiretapping Lieberman". Haaretz. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Активисты протестуют против провокации в Кнессете". eajc.org. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  9. ^ "The crisis in Ukraine and 'the new Jewish question'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  10. ^ "We Won". Haaretz.
  11. ^ Clover, Charles (2016). Black Wind, White Snow. Yale University Press. p. 240.
  12. ^ "FIZYCHNI OSOBY, do yakykh zastosovuyut'sya personal'ni obmezhuval'ni zakhody (sanktsiyi) Dodatok 1 do rishennya Rady Natsional'noyi Bezpeky i Oborony Ukrayiny vid 2 travnya 2018 roku "Pro zastosuvannya ta skasuvannya personal'nykh spetsial'nykh ekonomichnykh ta inshykh obmezhuval'nykh zakhodiv (sanktsiy"" ФІЗИЧНІ ОСОБИ, до яких застосовуються обмежувальні заходи (санкції) Додаток 1 до рішення Ради національної безпеки і оборони України від 2 травня 2018 року «Про застосування та скасування персональних спеціальних економічних та інших обмежувальних заходів (санкцій)» [PHYSICAL PERSONS to which restrictive measures (sanctions) apply Annex 1 to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine dated 2 May 2018 "On the Application and Revocation of Personal Special Economic and Other Restrictive Measures (sanctions)"] (PDF) (Press release) (in Ukrainian). Kyiv, Ukraine. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  13. ^ Evans, Sally (7 October 2010). "Israeli activist supports Afrikaners". The Times (South Africa). Retrieved 13 May 2022.

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