"I am a Jew. I want to live in the Jewish state. That is my right, just as it is the right of a Ukranian to live in the Ukraine, the right of a Russian to live in Russia, the right of a Georgian to live in Georgia.
"I am a Jew, I was born a Jew, and I want to live out my life as a Jew. With all my respect for the Russian people, I do not consider my people in any way to be inferior to the Russian, or any other people, and I do not want to be assimilated by any people... I consider the State of Israel my fatherland, the fatherland of my people, the only place on earth where there exists an independent Jewish state, and I, like any other Jew, have an indubitable right to live in that state... On the basis of the above, I renounce Soviet citizenship..."