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Russian court orders a 2nd Chabad rabbi deported this year

May 19, 2017 (JTA) — For the second time this year, Russian authorities have ordered out of the country a foreign Chabad rabbi who had lived there for years. This week, a Moscow district court ordered Yosef Khersonsky, an Israeli who heads one of the capital’s communities, to leave the Russian Federation in connection with […]

Russian-Jewish filmmakers immortalize murdered Putin critic as ‘Boris Nemtsov, Jew’

Assassinated outside the Kremlin, the dissenting politician has become something of a cult figure and is the subject of films, poetry and song By Julie Masis  April 8, 2017 Two years on, Russia hasn’t forgotten the tragic murder outside the Kremlin of Boris Nemtsov, the Jewish anti-Putin politician. He’s become something of a cult figure […]

Lithuania’s Shoah whitewash project

Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem has said the Lithuanian authorities were “very culpable. A derelict shul in Vilnius (Getty Images) The Lithuanian parliamentary ombudsman, Augustinas Normantas, has refused to open an investigation into a complaint that his country’s Genocide and Resistance Centre presents a revisionist version of wartime history. Instead, the ombudsman […]

US Chabad rabbi loses appeal against deportation from Russia

Local Lubavitch leader calls it a ‘dark day’ for Jews as emissary in Sochi deemed threat to national security By JTA March 29, 2017 Ari Edelkopf and wife Chana in 2009 in Sochi, Russia. (Courtesy of Federation of Jewish Communities) A Russian appeals court affirmed an expulsion order issued against an American rabbi working in […]

Thousands Of Russians Take To Streets In Biggest Anti-government Protests In Years

Thousands turned out in Moscow and other cities in protest, demanding the prime minister’s resignation. Police arrested organizer, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Thousands of Russians have taken to the streets of Moscow and other cities in the biggest anti-government protests in years. The demonstrators were demanding the resignation of the country’s prime […]

Russia’s Protests Explained: Why Rubber Ducks, Sneakers Are at Demonstrations

by ALEXEY EREMENKO MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has not dipped below 80 percent in years. And yet police detained more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Sunday during an unexpected surge of street protests that spanned 82 Russian cities — with demonstrators carrying sneakers, rubber ducks and painting their faces green. […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witness activity largely halted

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Russia has summarily suspended most Jehovah’s Witness activities. UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai told Forum 18: “The Russian government is claiming that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are an extremist group, but in fact it’s their move to ban them outright that appears to be extreme.” As Jehovah’s Witnesses await a Supreme […]

Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown

Chabad emissary has been deemed a threat to national security, worrying a community that finds itself living in an increasingly authoritarian state By Cnaan Liphshiz February 14, 2017 Rabbis Ari Edelkopf, center, and Berel Lazar, right, listen to a speech at a reception of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia in Sochi, Russia, Feb. […]

Russian lawmaker: Ancestors of Jewish politicians ‘boiled us in cauldrons’

February 13, 2017 Vitaly Milonov at President Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly at the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 1, 2016. (Anatoliy Zhdanov/Kommersant via Getty Images) (JTA) — A Russian lawmaker in President Vladimir Putin’s party said the ancestors of two Jewish opposition politicians had killed Christians. “Christians survived despite the fact that […]

6 Signs There’s No Such Thing as Internet Freedom in Russia

The international human rights group Agora says Russian authorities have declared war on the Internet Feb 10, 2017 — 19:00  — Update: Feb. 10 2017 — 17:12 By Daria Litvinova Writing about Crimea, Ukraine, Syria or religion on social media in Russia has become a dangerous business. Saying — or typing — the wrong thing […]