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Wednesday, 8 October 2008
St. Sergius Metochion in Jerusalem returns to the Russian Federation
Topic: Russian Compound - JRS
October 7, 2008 - 16:00 RHIO (PMOH) Jerusalem News

THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW.- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The Russian head of state emphasised that economic cooperation between the two countries has a solid basis and expressed his hope for its future successful development.

Speaking about a Middle Eastern peace settlement, the President declared that Russia will continue to play a constructive and active role in this process.

Dmitry Medvedev thanked the government of Israel for its decision to transfer the St. Sergius Metochion in Jerusalem to the Russian Federation.

This compound was built by the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society more than a hundred years ago to receive Russian pilgrims. Three-year talks on the transfer of the St. Sergius Metochion to Russia's jurisdiction ended on 5 October 2008 after the Israeli government made the corresponding decision.

The compound requires major repairs and restoration work. In April 2008 10 million rubles from the President's Reserve Fund were tentatively allocated for this purpose.

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Friday, 18 January 2008
Israel willing to return Russia's Holy City property - FM Lavrov
Topic: Russian Compound - JRS

Israel willing to return Russia's Holy City property - FM Lavrov

Israel has agreed in principle to return historical Russian church assets in Jerusalem that it bought from Soviet authorities in a mock deal 40 years ago, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday.

"Israel has tentatively given its consent to have the church of St. Sergius and the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission re-registered as Russian property, and particulars are now being discussed," Sergei Lavrov said.

The two buildings are part of Jerusalem's so-called Russian Compound, built in the final decades of Tsarist rule and partly sold to Israel by the Nikita Khrushchev government in 1964. Israel paid for the assets with a batch of citrus fruit in what went down in history as the "orange deal."

The premises of St. Sergius' church are currently occupied by Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and government agencies for environmental protection, whereas the Ecclesiastical Mission houses the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.

Lavrov said that the matter had been under negotiation for some three years now and that Israel is finally showing the political will to hand the property back.

The minister spoke to reporters after a congress of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, which was established by Emperor Alexander III in 1882 to facilitate Orthodox Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land and to promote Palestinian studies and humanitarian cooperation with the peoples of the biblical region.

The society's newly elected chair, Auditing Chamber President Sergei Stepashin, said he would concentrate his efforts on recovering Russian property in the Holy Land while also working to promote Russian culture and the language in Palestinian-administered territories.

"We could make substantial progress this year toward solving the issue [of property return]," Stepashin said.

In the Soviet era, the society was restructured as part of the National Academy of Sciences. With all religious activity in the country suppressed in those years, it could no longer arrange pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and focused entirely on Palestine-related research, holding regular symposiums and publishing an almanac.

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Saturday, 7 October 2006
New $60 million - 9000 sq.m.Bezalel Campus in the Russian Compound - Jerusalem
Topic: Russian Compound - JRS
Int’l competition to design new Bezalel campus
The $60 million 9,000-sq.m. campus in the Russian Compound will take 6-10 years to build.
Hagit Peleg-Rotem 10 Sep 06   15:29 - GLOBES online :
The centenary celebrations of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design will be completed with an international architectural competition for the design of Bezalel’s new 9,000-sq.m. campus in the Russian Compound in downtown Jerusalem. The $60 million project will take 6-10 years to build.

The ministerial committee for Jerusalem decided to allocate the site to Bezalel a year ago. The Jerusalem municipality welcomes and supports the project. The move to a new campus is part of plans to expand Bezalel, increase its student body and add new departments.

Participants in the competition will be required to design one or more buildings intended to promote a creative atmosphere and maximize interaction between Bezalel’s departments. The campus will include extensive public spaces by utilizing an open design to encourage movement and 24-hour activity.

The first stage of the competition will be open, from which three to five proposals will be selected for the second stage. Four architect firms will be invited in advance: Rosenfeld Arens Architects Ltd., Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects, London firm Foreign Office Architects, a fourth firm that has not yet been chosen.

The winners of the first stage are due to be announced in January 2007, and the second stage in June. For further details: Bezalel Competition.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on September 10, 2006

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