On Thursday, the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center during his official state visit to Russia.
In Moscow, Rivlin met with President Putin and other officials, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and visited both the Jewish Museum and the Russian State Library. At the Jewish Museum Alexander Boroda, general director of the museum and president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, showed Rivlin the permanent exhibition, which depicts the life and culture of Jews in Russia since the rule of Catherine the Great to the present.
The museum was opened in 2012 as an educational and exhibition complex in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, built in 1927 on a design by the constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. In addition to exhibitions on Jewish life and culture, the museum is renowned for its exhibitions of the Russian avant-garde and contemporary artists.
This year marks 25 years since the resumption of bilateral relations between Israel and the Russian Federation.