Representatives of Israel beneficiaries of Genesis Philanthropy Group, established by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman and his partners from Alfa Group, said that Alpha Group’s activities in Turkey (through Altimo company) are “unpleasant news” for them. They are disappointed with the fact that Fridman does business not only in Russia, but also in Turkey that Israel confronts with. They do accept money Fridman gives for their projects, but prefer not being mentioned in relation to their Russian sponsor.
According to the Russian Mafia (rumafia.com), Mikhail Friedman is not only Russian oligarh who makes profits in Turkey and donates to different projects in Israel. Take Telman Ismailov - he provides mountain Jews in Acre (Israel) with financial help for their religeous needs. Genesis Philanthropy Group cooperates with Jewish Agency (Sochnut). Only in 2008-2009 the Group donated over $2m to the program called Nativ. The program is implemented under auspices of the Sochnut is a training course that prepares Tzahal (Israel Defense Forces) soldiers to the conversion to Judaism (giyur). In September 2009 Jewish Agency and Genesis Philanthropy Group stroke a $6m agreement about mutual projects. Genesis Philanthropy Group also donates millions to the programmes of Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem. Right now Russian speaking young Jews are taking part in the summer camps in Israel, the mutual project of the foundation and Jewish Agency.