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RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years’ imprisonment

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Four of the 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses on criminal trial in Taganrog and both the Muslim women whose criminal trial in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is imminent face up to six years’ imprisonment each if convicted. All have been accused of organising an “extremist” religious community banned by […]

Jewish Voices From the Front Lines of Donetsk

A few months ago, Donetsk was a bustling industrial city, with a thriving economy as eastern Ukraine’s capital of coal and steel industries. A mere two-hour drive from the Russian border, Donetsk today has become a no-man’s zone of sorts, as the fighting between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces escalates and as the city residents either […]

Kyiv Greek Catholic archbishop tells “Orthodox brothers” not to believe propaganda, look at the truth

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, tensions are getting worse between local Catholics and the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, which continues to denounce the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine for its alleged involvement with Western policy vis-à-vis Russia. In making an appeal for reconciliation through AsiaNews, the Major Archbishop of Kyiv, Sviatoslav […]

Holocaust Museum Urges Ukraine To Examine Its History of Anti-Semitism

by Nathan Guttman   As Ukraine grapples with political upheaval and threats to its territorial integrity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is confronting the country’s post-revolution government with another, no less difficult challenge: contending with its past treatment of Jews. The museum has urged the new government in Kiev to set up an international […]

An Open Letter to the Patriarch of Moscow

by George Wiegel http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/an-open-letter-to-the-patriarch-of-moscow   His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Danilov Monastery 115191 Moscow RUSSIA Your Holiness: Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering with pleasure our meeting in Washington some years ago, I am prompted to write by what I once hoped was a common concern for the […]

Beaten and threatened: the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ turns on city’s priests

by David Blair Praying for peace can be a dangerous endeavour for Christians in Donetsk, especially if they happen not to follow the Russian Orthodox Church. The self-declared “People’s Republic”, which controls this Ukrainian city and much of the surrounding region, proclaims Orthodoxy to be its official religion. Inside their occupied headquarters building, leaders of […]

Russia’s new “Georgievskaya” ideology

In March 2014 the Russian Federation illegally annexed the Crimean Autonomous Republic from Ukraine. From there the instability has spilled over to almost the entire South-East of Ukraine. The Crimean crisis and separatism in the South-East of Ukraine are the strongest historical challenges for the Ukrainian people and sovereignty since independence. However, Ukraine is not […]

Ukrainian Chief Rabbi skeptical of government aliyah plan

Ukrainian Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich on Monday expressed skepticism over Jerusalem’s new plan to encourage immigration from Europe. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post by phone from Kiev, Bleich questioned the necessity for the program, asserting that he feels it would be ineffective in increasing aliya from his country.According to reports in the Hebrew press, the government […]