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Why Tajikistan’s Last Jews Are Staying Put Despite Waves of Change

The secret synagogue of Tajikistan is not hard to find once you know where to look. Like much in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s small and humdrum capital, the building is on a street whose name no one uses and where few strangers venture. From the outside it could be just another upscale house with a lush courtyard, […]

Weekly Update No. 42

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 13 November 2015 [see also as attachment] Comment  Sergei Nikitin: “There’s clearly an attempt to find enemies where there are none” (Voice of America)  Person of the Week  Person of the Week: Magomed Mutsolgov Rights Group of the Week  Rights Group of the Week: Memorial Human Rights Centre in English  Statement […]

Revisiting Rabin’s ancestral home in Ukraine – 20 years after the assassination

Limmud FSU founder located the birthplace of late prime minister’s father, even though the Rabin family thought it impossible. A memorial tablet carrying the bronze image of Nechemia Rabin flanked by his two children, Yitzhak and Rachel. (photo credit:Courtesy) SYDOROVYCHI, Ukraine – Four days ago, on November 4, exactly on the 20th anniversary of the […]

RUSSIA: Two prison terms, 25 initial fines in 37 cases for public religious events over 4 months

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Over four months between May and August, 37 cases were brought to punish individuals and religious communities across Russia for exercising freedom of religion or belief in public spaces under Administrative Code Article 20.2, Forum 18 News Service has found. One community was fined after members offered religious […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia  Week-ending Friday 30 October 2015 Returning the Names Stalinism  On 29/10, in an event on Lubyanka Square. ‘Returning the Names’, members of the public honoured the memory of those executed during the Great Terror. (RFE/RL, 29/10) GULAG museum  On 30/10 a new state-run museum on the history of the GULAG system opened […]

Weekly Update NO. 40

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 30 October 2015 [see also attachment] Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: September 2015 Comment  Karinna Moskalenko: Have the secrets of the Nord-Ost case been uncovered? (Ekho Moskvy) Zoya Svetova writes an Open Letter to Ella Pamfilova on the case of Oleg Navalny (Ekho Moskvy) in English  “Return of […]

Weekly Update No. 39

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 23 October 2015 [see also attachment] Rights in Russia: September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Liudmila Alekseeva on World Food Day Aleksei Simonov: “It’s important to shout out loud enough that the emperor has no clothes, so that both emperor and crowd can hear” in English  Political prisoner Oleg Navalny describes conditions […]

Weekly Update No. 38

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 16 October 2015 Comment  Karinna Moskalenko comments on the investigation into Anna Politkovskaya’s murder (from Radio Svoboda) in English  Memorial Human Rights Centre opens new website Maria Gorbach on education for human rights in Perm region: What are they not teaching in schools? Quote for the Day  Julia Ioffe: “Putin […]

Mission Accomplished

Notwithstanding the old adage that behind every great man there stands a great woman, too many great men forget to acknowledge the women who walked with them in the wilderness and who shared the struggle in the days before the glory. Not so Isi Leibler, a former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, […]