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CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration?

    CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration? By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All 1,546 religious communities in Crimea which had state registration with the Ukrainian authorities are being required to re-register under Russian law by 1 January 2015 if they wish to retain legal status. A wide range of communities have complained […]

Larry Lerner teaches Brotherhood about UCSJ, describes Ukrainian trip

  Larry Lerner teaches Brotherhood about UCSJ, describes Ukrainian trip   At the TBB Brotherhood brunch on September 7, Rabbi Lerner introduced a presentation by his father, Larry Lerner, a respected legal counsel and president of the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, also known as ‘Soviet Jewry’ (thus ‘UCSJ’).   The […]

Rights activist reports on Ukraine’s Jews

Rights activist reports on Ukraine’s Jews Communities safe but under economic stress, says Larry Lerner by Robert Wiener NJJN Staff Writer September 3, 2014 Veteran peace and human rights advocate Larry Lerner came home from a mission to Ukraine on Aug. 25 with some optimistic news. “We got the feeling that anti-Semitism had dropped considerably […]

CRIMEA: Enforced departure of Turkish imams; FSB surveillance

    CRIMEA: Enforced departure of Turkish imams; FSB surveillance By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All but five of 23 Turkish imams and religious teachers invited by the Crimean Muftiate under a 20-year-old programme have been forced to leave Crimea as Russia’s Federal Migration Service refused to extend their residence permits. The rest […]

Russia Must Recognize Ukraine Rebels’ Human Rights Abuses

Author(s): Ole Solvang During a news conference in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized laws-of-war violations by Ukrainian government forces, referring to a Human Rights Watch report I wrote about the government’s unlawful use of unguided rockets in populated areas. Since Lavrov is concerned about laws-of-war violations, there are other issues he should be […]

American-Jewish Human Rights Organization Visits Kyiv

A working visit of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry (UCSJ) to Kyiv took place on August 17-20. The delegation included UCSJ President and Executive Director Larry Lerner, Director of International Bureaus and Activities Leonid Stonov, Board of Directors member Dr. Joel Sandberg, and noted political scientist Stephen Eric Bronner. The visit was prepared […]

Moroccan jailed for killing Jewish physician in Ukraine

(JTA) — A Moroccan man who killed a Jewish physician in Ukraine was sentenced to 15 years in jail after a court of appeals reversed his acquittal. Shakeeb Otman from Casablanca was sent to jail on July 22 for the premeditated murder of Leon Fraifeld, an orthopedic surgeon from the city of Lviv in western Ukraine on […]

Power Player: The Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Vladimir Schlapentokh From the beginning of his rule, Vladimir V. Putin has assumed that his ability to govern Russia was highly dependent on the strength of the ideological justification of his power. Indeed, he was never elected according to even elementary democratic standards. For this reason, the state’s ideology was of primary importance in […]

World leaders demand answers after airliner downed over Ukraine with 298 dead

by Anton Zverev (Reuters) – World leaders called for a rapid investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine and justice for nearly 300 deaths that could mark a pivotal moment in deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. As Ukraine sought to rally international support against Russia, two U.S. officials […]

In Crimea, churches say Russia is placing new restrictions on them

by Peter Kenny Russian officials who seized control of Crimea from Ukraine are placing new restrictions on churches and Islamic institutions there, a Scandinavian news service in freedom of religion and belief reports. Since March, when Russian annexed Crimea places of worship and individuals of some faiths (including followers of Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the […]