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Alexander Vinnikov

Alexander Aronovich Vinnikov (Russian: Александр Аронович Винников, born 6 October 1955 in Khabarovsk Krai) is a Russian politician and currently the governor of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.[1][2]

Political history

Alexander Vinnikov was the mayor of Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.[3][4] The 2004 Birobidzhan mayoral election was held during the same time as the Russian presidential election, 2004. On March 14, 2004, Alexander Vinnikov, the incumbent, faced professor Miron Fishbeyn, and Aleksandr Kurdyukov of the Birobidzhan municipal administration. Alexander Vinnikov won the election.[5]

Jewish community

Alexander Vinnikov is Jewish. His family arrived in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in 1947 from Belarus.[6] In 2004, as mayor, he participated in the opening of the new Chabad House and Birobidzhan Synagogue in Birobidzhan.[7] As member of the local kehilla,[8] during the December of 2005 candle-lighting of a Hanukkah Menorah, Alexander Vinnikov lit the 'shamash' candle and passed it to the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and Chabad Lubavich representative, Mordechai Scheiner.[9]


According to [1]

See also

  • Jews and Judaism in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast


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