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Lithuanian chief rabbi protests excavation of WWII mass grave

July 14, ’15 (JTA) — The chief rabbi of Lithuania appealed to authorities to prevent the excavation of a mass grave of Holocaust victims in the country’s north. Rabbi Chaim Burshtein issued the statement Tuesday about the mass grave discovered this week during road construction work in Siauliai, a city located 120 miles northwest of Vilnius, Lithuania’s […]

Russian Judge Dismissed for Anti-Semitic Post

A district court judge from Russia’s Udmurtia republic was dismissed from his post this week for posting an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook two years ago.  At the time, Ivan Orsinin uploaded a picture of a burning mosque to hisFacebook page with the following caption: You can look endlessly at three things: flowing water, sparkling stars and a burning mosque.” In a […]

Lithuanian PM: Sports complex in Jewish cemetery to be built with ‘proper respect’ Wiesenthal Center’s Zuroff: It’s a case of cover-up in the desecration of the ancient facility.

 The Lithuanian government will coordinate with the Jewish community regarding the construction of a sports complex in the middle of a historic Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, a representative of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has promised. This week the London-based Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, a hassidic organization that has provided the […]

Letter from Joel Sandberg

Friends:         Back from Belarus, Latvia, Estina with a report — our colleagues Joel & Adele Sandberg —         – Glenn Richter             Adele and I spent 5 days in Belarus guided by a fantastic couple, Frank and Galina Swartz.. They run 2 non-profits, Eastern European Jewish  Heritage Project assisting  Jewish communities and Voluntas which assists children with disabilities.Thanks to […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 19 June 2015 [see also as attachment] HRO.org in English On the harassment of the Dynasty Foundation in Russia Lawyer Ivan Pavlov: military losses in peacetime cannot be state secret Committee Against Torture to renew work from former apartment of Natalya Estemirova General Prosecutor’s Office unable to inspect five organizations regarding ‘undesirable’ […]

Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian university last week. Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian […]

Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument

(JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with a red swastika that the perpetrators painted over a Star of David symbol. The vandalism in Nikopol, an eastern Ukrainian city located 60 miles from Dnepropetrovsk, occurred on June 16, according to a report Tuesday by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.  {To see photo, click on http://www.fjc.org.ua/templates/blog/post.asp?aid=1165328&postid=55015&p=1 – […]

Russian Chabad rabbi slams foreign funding bill

(JTA) — In a rare rebuke of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy, a senior Chabad rabbi from Moscow expressed concerns over a bill aiming to limit foreign involvement. Boruch Gorin, aide to Chief Russian Rabbi Berel Lazar and chairman of Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, on Tuesday expressed his criticism of a government-backed bill […]

Ukrainian Jewish billionaire resigns as governor amid dispute with president

(JTA) — The Ukrainian Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky resigned as governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region amid a dispute with President Petro Poroshenko over control of two state-owned firms. Kolomoisky, who has poured millions of his own wealth into preparing Ukraine’s army to fight against Russia, sent Poroshenko his resignation letter late last week, the news […]

Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev

KIEV (JTA) — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old […]