The Ukrainian Hasids said they had nothing to do with the incident concerning the head of the Kharkov Jewish community who staged his own kidnapping after losing money at the London Stock Exchange.
“Head of the Kharkov Jewish Orthodox community Alexander Kaganovsky has nothing to do with the incident which was reported by the press center of the Ukrainian Security Service,” the Jewish News Agency reports on Thursday.
The day before, the Ukrainian Security Service reported that the missing Jewish leader had been found safe and sound in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where he had arrived to escape from financial claims as he had pledged six apartments owned by the religious community to speculate on the stock exchange.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Jewish Communities stated that the press release distributed by the Ukrainian Security Service indicated neither the name of such leader, nor the name of a Jewish organization headed by him.
“According to reports, the organization in question is some “Orthodox Union” and its leader is some Dmitry Sh.,” the agency notes.
“It is only evident from above that this improper story has nothing to do with the Federation of Ukrainian Jewish communities, Chabad Lubavitch movement or the Kharkov Choral Synangogue,” a spokesperson of the Jewish Federation said.