In the Sewers of Lvov

Friends: In preparation for Passover and its powerful theme of "mei avdut l'cherut" -- from slavery to freedom -- I watched a DVD of the 2011 film "In Darkness." Based on the non-fiction book, "In the Sewers of Lvov", the film chronicles the incredible survival of a group of Jews…

Russian Oligarch and Critic of Putin Dies

The NY Times reports that Russian oligarch Boris A. Berezovsky died this past Saturday at his home outside of London. Berezovsky was once the richest and most powerful oligarch in post-Soviet Russia. He initially helped orchestrate Putin's rise to power, but later became a target of Putin, along with a…

Cossack Revival in Russia

From the NY Times-- STAVROPOL, Russia — Outside this city’s police headquarters on a recent night, a priest in a purple velvet hat and gold stole moved from one man to the next, offering a cross to be kissed and drenching their faces with holy water from a long brush.…