Archive by Author

The internet was the last free zone in Russian society. Now Putin has it in his grasp

Vladimir Putin hates revolutions. In 1989, he was horrified when East Germans burned the Stasi headquarters in Dresden, where he worked as a young KGB agent. He took Russia’s 1991 revolutionary overthrow of the Soviet system as a personal betrayal. He scoffed at Georgia’s Rose Revolution in 2003, and derided Ukraine’s (failed) 2004 Orange Revolution. […]

Ukraine: Captives Describe Brutal Beatings

Anti-Kiev Forces Should Halt Abductions, Release Dozens Held   (Donetsk) – Self-proclaimed authorities in eastern Ukraine should immediately release people held in captivity and put an end to abductions by armed men acting on their behalf. The fate of dozens of captives remains unknown, and those released whom Human Rights Watch interviewed reported severe beatings in captivity. […]

Odessa is not the Crimea: this war is about Europe

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Battles continue to rage in Eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, four people died and 30 were injured in a gunfight between pro-Russian and Ukrainian military forces on the outskirts of Slovyansk. An army helicopter was shot down , but the pilots survived. Two days ago, government forces killed 20 rebels and dozens more were injured […]

Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine will end in disaster for Russia

Amid the growing clamour in Washington that the Obama administration project strength in the Ukraine crisis, several key points are being obscured. First, the option of America acting like a cold-war great power is over. The global context of the 21st century is fundamentally different from that era. If the events of September 11 or […]

Update on Recent Developments in Ukraine and Jewish Agency Activities There

Courtesy of the Jewish Agency for Israel Prepared on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 By Roman Polonsky, Head of the Unit for Russian-Speaking Jewry   Update on Recent Developments in Ukraine and Jewish Agency Activities There Our general feeling is that the winds of war are blowing,” Jewish Agency emissaries write from Ukraine. “We believe that […]

Jews in Russia balance Jewish culture and Russia’s place in the world

MOSCOW – More than 1,000, mostly young, Russian Jews gathered over the weekend at the Limmud FSU Moscow conference to listen to around 160 sessions highlighting Jewish culture, business and history. The energetic and talkative crowds had come from Moscow and the surrounding area, with a few flying from as far away as Australia and […]

A satirical neologism becomes a weapon in the fight over Ukrainian Jewry

At first glance, the red menorah symbol adorning the black T-shirt worn by Igor Kolomoysky doesn’t seem too strange for a casually dressed Ukrainian Jewish billionaire who has poured millions into Jewish causes and also happens to be a newly appointed regional governor in eastern Ukraine. However, a closer inspection of the menorah reveals that […]

Khodorkovsky’s Speech to the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Forum

The following speech text was prepared by Mikhail Khodorkovsky for delivery at the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Forum. Dear friends, colleagues, Over the last month the most frequent question I’ve been asked was: Why hold this conference? How will it help Ukraine that seems to be facing its toughest challenge since becoming an independent nation? What will […]

Ukraine prime minister blasts anti-Jewish leaflets

Ukraine’s prime minister voiced outrage at reports that masked men in east Ukraine’s main city handed out leaflets demanding Jews register or be expelled, demanding “these bastards” be brought to justice. Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were left shaken by the […]