Russia

Nadezhda Zelenaya survived the Leningrad siege.

Nadezhda receives Claims Conference-funded homecare and medicine, including a heart medication that isn’t widely available in St. Petersburg.

Activity

Direct compensation payments are made from the Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF). Beginning in January 2013, CEEF payments increased to €300 per month from €260 due to Claims Conference negotiations with the German government, and are now €320. The Claims Conference negotiates on an ongoing basis with the German government to include additional Nazi victims in compensation programs, increase payments, and provide increased funds for social services.

The Hasadim providing services to Nazi victims in Russia are struggling with the high inflation rates that are leading to large increases in the costs of food and medicine. The devaluation of the ruble is causing a deficit and a corresponding rise in prices of all imported goods. The sharp decrease in municipal services to the elderly, such as abolishment of free transportation programs, has forced Nazi victims to become more dependent on the Hasadim than ever before.

In 2012, Nazi victims throughout the vast expanse of Russia were served by six Hesed institutions and their numerous satellites: Hokma Foundation, St. Petersburg; Jewish Welfare Committee Foundation, Moscow; Kaliningrad Regional Public Foundation, “Hesed Kaliningrad”; the Jewish Charitable Committee of Rostov-on-Don and the Rostov Region; the Jewish Welfare Committee of Krasnoyarsk and Krasnoyarsk Region; and the Jewish Charitable Committee of the Ural Region, Ekaterinburg.

Together, in 2012, these Hasadim provided homecare, food cards, food packages, meals-on-wheels, fresh food sets, medicine, medical consultations, winter relief, and socialization for needy Nazi victims.