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Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar with Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has never forgotten a teacher, nor has he ever forgotten to honor their memories as they pass from this world.

Including those who are Jewish.

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Putin’s secondary school teacher of German, Mina Yuditskaya, died in Israel on December 7 at the age of 96, a spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Israel told TASS this Sunday.

“Mina Yuditskaya was buried on December 7 in the city of Petach Tikva,” the spokesperson said. “The embassy helped organize the burial ceremony and commissioned its representative to it.”

Mina Yuditskaya, who taught German at Leningrad’s (now St. Petersburg) secondary school 281 in the 1960s, immigrated to Israel in 1973.

Putin met with his teacher in 2005 when he visited Israel. The Russian president remained in touch with his teacher ever since, and continued to send her gifts, according to TASS.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.