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Natan Sharansky

Israeli politician

1948   -  

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movement: Movement to Free Soviet Jewry
country of citizenship: Soviet Union, Israel
languages spoken, written or signed: English, Russian, Hebrew
educated at: Факультет управления и прикладной математики МФТИ
occupation: politician, writer, mathematician, human rights activist, chess player
award received: Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, Congressional Gold Medal
position held: Knesset member, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel

Natan Sharansky (Hebrew: נתן שרנסקי; Russian: Ната́н Щара́нский; Ukrainian: Натан Щаранський), born Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky, is an Israeli politician, human rights activist, and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, spent nine years in Soviet prisons. He served as Chairman of the Executive for the Jewish Agency from June 2009 to August 2018. Sharansky currently serves as chairman for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), an American non-partisan organization.
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