Three Chabad Rabbanim are part of the 963 Americans who were banned from entering Russia in the wake of US sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine.
The Rabbanim were included in the ban due to their connection to Chabad’s legal battle to recover seforim and manuscripts that belonged to the Friediker Rebbe and were stolen by the Soviet Union and the Nazis.
The banned Rabbanim are identified as Rav Avraham Shemtov, chairman of the Agudas Chassidei Chabad (“Aguch”), Chabad shaliach to the White House, Head Shaliach of Philadelphia, and founding director of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad).
Rav Yehuda Krinsky, secretary of Aguch and chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch and Machne Israel, the educational and social arms of Chabad-Lubavitch.
Rav Shlomo Cunin, a member of Aguch and Agudas Chasidei Chabad of Russia, and Head Shliach and director of Chabad activities on the West Coast of the United States.