Archive | October, 2012

European Jewish Association Calls for Protection of Jews after anti-Semitic Party Wins 12% of Seats in Ukraine Parliament

The anti-Semitic Ukrainian party Svoboda won 12.3 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, making it clear that they will be well represented in Ukraine’s parliament. Several anti-Semitic attacks, such as the torching of synagogues, Jewish cultural centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, have been linked to party members of Svoboda. In addition […]

UCSJ Letter to President Lukashenko

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka Administratsia Presidenta Respubliki Belarus ul Karla Marksa 38, 220016 Minsk, Belarus e-mail: contact@president.gov.by October 30, 2012 Dear Mr. President: The Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ), an American independent grassroots human rights NGO founded in 1970, strongly protests the continuing persecution of journalists and other activists in […]

Charges Against Journalist Continue

The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has decided this week to continue investigating the criminal case against Andrzej Poczobut until November 21st. Poczobut, a a Polish-Belarusian minority activist and journalist for the Gazeta Wyborcza, faces a prison sentence in Belarus of more than seven years for “libeling the President.” Poczobut has published articles in Belarus that criticize […]

Member of European Parliament Denies Holocaust on National Television

A member of the European Parliament and leader of the nationalist Greater Romania Party has denied on national television that the Holocaust took place in Romania. Corneliu Vadim Tudor stated, while appearing on the Romanian Realitatea TV show last Thursday,  “In Romania there was never a Holocaust,” adding, “I will deny it ’til I die because I love my […]

$47 Million Compensation for Jewish Holocaust Survivors Approved in Lithuania

Chancellor Deividas Matulionis, chief of staff for Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, has agreed to a $47 million lump sum transfer to the Jewish Lithuanian community as compensation for property lost during the Holocaust. This amount is due in 2014. Faina Kukliansky, vice president of Lithuania’s Jewish community, explained that they are currently working to […]

Members of Russian Punk Band Imprisoned Hundreds of Miles Outside Moscow

Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, have been exiled to prison camps far from Moscow, despite their request to be sent to jails closer to the Russian capital. According to their friends, Alyokhina has been sent 700 miles east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains region, while Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, 300 miles east […]

The Regime Has Crossed the Red Line

Official Statement from UCSJ’s NGO Partner For Human Rights Moscow– The criminal case against Sergey Udaltsov and other “heroes” of NTV propagandistic films shows that the current regime in Russia has crossed the red line from being a simply repressive violator of democratic principles to a totalitarian one. The absurdity of accusations, reminiscent of Stalin-era actions, demonstrates […]

Maxim Efimov, Russian Human Rights Activist, Granted Asylum in Estonia

Maxim Efimov, head of the Youth Human Rights Group of Karelia, has been granted political asylum in Estonia. As UCSJ mentioned in our Letter to President Putin on Behalf of Maxim Efimov, Efimov fled from Russia after getting charged by local prosecutors for publishing an article that compared the Orthodox Church to the largest leading political […]

Russian Civil Court Rules Against Stating Holocaust Victims Were Jewish

A petition to gain official recognition that the victims of a Holocaust atrocity near Rostov-on-Don were Jewish has been rejected by a Russian civil court, according to 161.ru, a Russian news site. The city’s Zmievskaya Balka mass grave now solely mentions that the event that occurred was a “mass killing by the fascists of captured Soviet […]