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Russia: Sochi Games Highlight Homophobic Violence

Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – The Russian authorities need to address a deteriorating situation of widespread and concerted abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and activists. The authorities’ failure to act and some officials’ homophobic comments expose LGBT people to further harassment and violence and embolden the attackers, Human Rights Watch research found. As […]

Russian Orthodox Church gets increasingly political – experts

by Lyudmila Alexandrova MOSCOW, February 03. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Orthodox Church has become more politicized, say experts as they look back on the five years the ROC has been led by its current head, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Although views of Kirill’s activities in that capacity differ, nobody calls in question […]

AJC: Ukraine Crackdown Seeks to Suffocate Pro-Europe Movement

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AJC applauds U.S. and EU support for Ukrainians protesting against their increasingly repressive government. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, addressing the Munich Security Conference, condemned the Ukrainian government crackdown on demonstrators gathered in central Kiev. The latest outrages involve the kidnapping and torture of leading Ukrainian […]

Love and Hatred in Kiev

by Yuri Andrukhovych KIEV, Ukraine — It has been severely cold here lately, with temperatures dipping below freezing night after night. What sustains the protesters at Independence Square in weather this bleak can only come from inside: an exceptionally hot mix of despair, hope, self-sacrifice and hatred. Yes, hatred. Morality does not forbid hating murderers. […]

Israel, Georgia Sign Economic Cooperation Agreement

by Joshua Levitt Israel and the Caucasus Mountains nation of Georgia that is on-track to deepen its economic integration into the European Union signed a bilateral economic cooperation agreement on Tuesday, creating a commission to expand commercial relations and lower trade barriers. At the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli […]

RUSSIA: Two “extremism” bans overturned – but bans, fines continue

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service, and Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service A Krasnodar court has overturned a ban on a popular Russian translation of the Koran (though the court has still not issued the written ruling), while a Tver court has overturned a ban in Russia on the main Jehovah’s Witness international […]

Statement by Leonid Finberg on Euromaidan

We are hardly surprised by lies lately. Repressive laws, aimed to curtail citizens’ rights and freedoms, that were illegitimately passed by a parliamentary majority are called “developing democracy.” The murderers of Maidan activists are protected by the senile Prime Minister, who publicly stated that it was “a provocation by the opposition.” These odious lies include […]

Once more, Ukraine’s dreams of freedom are crushed by Moscow

by Con Coughlin I have fond memories of covering Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004, despite having to stand in sub-zero temperatures for hours on end. For those of us in Kiev’s Independence Square, there was a palpable sense that history was being made. The star of the show back then was Viktor Yushchenko, the populist pro-Western […]

American Jews provide social services in former Soviet Union

It’s cold in the former Soviet Union. With the temperature in Moscow standing at -25 degrees Celsius, many elderly Jews cannot even afford fuel to heat their homes. Between the harsh weather and the equally harsh economic climate, many are suffering, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The JDC has just launched its […]