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        6/26/2012, Tammuz 6, 5772

      Nature Society to Vacate Historic Building for Russians


      The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel will be vacating the historic Russian Compound neighborhood in Jerusalem following Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Israel this week. Ownership of the large Sergei Courtyard building, located near the center of the city will be turned over to the Russian government.

      The building was used for Russian Christian pilgrims in the 1860s. According to Haaretz news, the director of SPNI welcomes the Russian decision to restore and renovate the area and its declaration that the historic courtyard will remain open to the public.