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Russia, a court will determine whether the New Testament is “extremist”

Nina Achmatova The case is related to the Gideons mission who wanted to import sacred texts, according to the law. Customs in Vyborg, however, blocked the shipment claiming they wanted to verify the presence of extremist literature. Moscow (AsiaNews) – On 16 November in Vyborg, near St. Petersburg, the city court will hold a hearing […]

Russia-Israel treaty will entitle olim to pension funds

by Tamara Zieve The treaty applies to every immigrant who worked for at least one year in Russia or Russian territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2016. (photo credit:REUTERS) Russia and Israel have signed a treaty that will enable immigrants from […]

Kiev Orthodox and Greek-Catholics excluded from the Inter-religious Council of Crimea

Nina Achmatova The decision of the Russian authorities on Black Sea peninsula sparks debate. The Crimea is adapting to Russian legislation, which recognizes only  ‘traditional’ Buddhism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and Islam. Moscow (AsiaNews) – After a year and a half of discussions, the Russian authorities in Crimea – Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, following […]

Commentary: The stunning audacity of Putin’s cash demands

By William E. Pomeranz The standard policy prescription for Washington’s dealings with Russia is situational: Agree to disagree on certain issues, but try to find areas where cooperation is possible. The areas where the two nations can cooperate, however, have drastically diminished over the past week. The United States on October 7 demanded a war crimes […]

A Jewish celebration in Kazan

 A predominantly Muslim city, its residents are proud of their ability to coexist with their fellow Jews and Christians. Having fun at a pre-Shabbat gathering at the annual Limmud FSU Kazan Volga- Urals region conference. (photo credit:SARAH LEVI) Kazan, despite its relative global obscurity, is the capital city of Tatarstan, nestled on the Volga River […]

Gorbachev Says Tensions Between U.S., Russia At ‘Dangerous Point’

October 11, 2016 – RFE/RL Former Soviet leader and Nobel laureate Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the world has reached a “dangerous point” as tensions between Russia and the United States have soared over the Syria conflict. Relations between Moscow and Washington — already at a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine conflict — have […]

American pastor’s ministry facing closure under Russia’s new anti-evangelism law

Lorraine Caballero      05 October, 2016 12:10 PM An American pastor’s ministry in Russia is facing its end after he was charged with violating the country’s anti-evangelism law under its new anti-terror legislation. Donald Ossewaarde, 55, is the first American who has been charged under Russia’s new anti-terror laws. The “Yarovaya” legislation has a […]

Holocaust monuments defaced in Russia, Estonia

September 2, 2016 MOSCOW (JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized Holocaust monument in Russia and Estonia. The Baltic country’s Jewish community last week reported the drawing of swastikas on the Holocaust monument of the city of Kalevi-Liiva 10 miles east of the Estonian capital of Tallinn. “It is sad that such incidents are taking place in […]

More of Kremlin’s Opponents Are Ending Up Dead

  Mr. Putin, perceiving an intrusion into his country’s affairs, campaigned hard against the measure. When it passed, he retaliated by ending American adoptions of Russian children. The law became a prototype for the blacklisting of prominent Russians accused of murders, human rights abuses and financial theft, among other violations. The question of who was […]

Russian TV station blames Jews for Titanic, Chernobyl and 9/11

By Petru Clej, August 23, 2016 The wreck of the Titanic (Picture: YouTube/BW Channel) Purveyors of antisemitic conspiracy theories are two-a-penny, but one Russian TV documentary has gone a step further than most. Jews are responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 […]