About 20.5 thousand Jews left Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. Before the war, 165,000 Jews lived in Russia, so every eighth left the country.
This is reported by the BBC with reference to the Jewish Agency "Sokhnut", which helps Jews in repatriation.
Many Russian Jews oppose the war and "do not feel safe anymore," writes the BBC.
Undoubtedly, the specter of historical persecution of the Jews has loomed in the minds of many of those who are part of this mass migration and those who are still trying to get out of Russia.