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      Russia: Chabad Rabbi Shot at Short Range

      A rabbi was shot near his home in Russia. Attack believed to be anti-Semitic.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 7/25/2013, 11:01 AM

      Rabbi Ovadia Yaskov
      Rabbi Ovadia Yaskov
      Chabad Internet Site - shturem.net
      Rabbi Ovadia Yaskov was shot and seriously injured on Wednesday night near his home in Russia, Russian-language media outlets report. The shooting took place in the city of Derbent in southern Russia.

      Rabbi Yaskov is a Chabad emissary in Derbent in the Dagestan region in Russia.

      According to some reports, he was shot by a group of men, while others attributed the shooting to a single man. The attacker or attackers fled the scene before police arrived.

      Police believe the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism. Dagestan has suffered frequent terrorist violence in recent years, much of it due to the Islamist group Shariat Jamaat and to clashes between Sufi and Salafi Muslim groups.

      Rabbi Yaskov was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, and remains in intensive care.

      Rabbi Yaskov is a former student at the Moscow Yeshiva and is close to Rabbi Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia. He has four children.

      Last year a young Jewish man was murdered in Moscow when he attempted to prevent violence between two gangs.

      Rabbi Ovadia Yaskov Courtesy of Chabad Internet Site - shturem.net