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Study analyzing ethnicity of Russia’s wealthiest ripped for singling out Jews

(JTA) — A member of Russia’s Human Rights Council slammed a news website that said that nearly a quarter of Russia’s top billionaires are Jews. Nikolai Svanidze of the council, a Kremlin-affiliated body with no executive powers, made the condemnation last week against Lenta.ru, which analyzed according to faith and ethnicity the Forbes list for […]

Ukraine crisis deepens after rebel vote in east

(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs for Tuesday to discuss new ways of dealing with the separatist challenge in the east after rebel elections that were denounced by Kiev and the West. The rogue votes, which Kiev says Russia encouraged, could create a new “frozen conflict” in […]

CRIMEA: Guns, weapons, drugs – and religious literature

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Crimea’s acting Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov has ordered a moratorium on raids, searches and literature confiscations until 1 January 2015. Before it there were many raids on libraries, schools, political organisations, Muslim homes, mosques and madrassahs, and Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls, Forum 18 News Service notes. Fines for […]

Moscow Tear Gas Attack Shows Rise of Anti-Semitism in Putin Era

Moscow Tear Gas Attack Shows Rise of Anti-Semitism in Putin Era – Forward.com By David E. Fishman On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, a group of five or six men disrupted a Jewish concert in the Great Hall of Moscow’s International Music House with a tear gas attack. A half-hour into the program, the […]

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador accuses Russia of kidnapping Christians in Ukraine

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador is bound for Ukraine and says Russian President Vladimir Putin is orchestrating the persecution of Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Muslim Tatars. Andrew Bennett’s one-week, fact-finding mission begins Monday in Kyiv, where he meets religious leaders and government officials, among others. He is also expected to announce a package of Canadian government […]

Russian lawyer wins Norwegian human rights prize

(Reuters) – A Norwegian human rights foundation gave its annual prize on Thursday to a Russian lawyer and the legal aid group he heads, for their work defending the right to fair trial. Pavel Chikov, 36, and the Agora group were selected for helping activists, bloggers, journalists and non-governmental organizations against the unlawful actions of […]

DRAMATIC DECREASE IN UKRAINIAN ANTI-SEMITISM (2014)

  The dramatic decrease in Ukrainian anti-Semitism has not been reported in the press. Vladimir Putin and the Russian propaganda machine have depicted rampant anti-Semitism in Ukraine and has used this as one of the justifications for their invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. One of the beneficial outcomes of the Maydan Revolution has been […]

Veteran Human Rights Group Abandons Most Operations in Russia

    The Moscow Helsinki Group, an organization that has campaigned for human rights in Russia since Soviet times, announced on Monday that it has folded most operations in the country due to funding issues. “We’ve cut projects to a bare minimum. You could say we’re simply surviving,” the organization’s chairwoman Lyudmila Alexeyeva said, Interfax reported. The group has suspended its educational program, sacked 10 […]

At Russian Business Daily ‘Vedomosti,’ Gloom Over New Media Legislation

  By Tom Balmforth September 26, 2014 MOSCOW — It looked business as usual in the newsroom of the Russian daily “Vedomosti,” located in a converted furniture factory where the salmon pink walls match the signature color of the newspaper’s pages. Some journalists chatted on mobile phones. Three employees huddled around a computer and shared […]

Report: Director General of Jewish Business Club Osher Shot Dead in Moscow

  Sergey Sladkov, the Director General of Osher, a Russian-Jewish business club, was found dead in Moscow this morning, LifeNews, a Russian news website, reported on Wednesday. Sladkov was shot 19 times at close range through the windshield of his Jeep “Grand Cherokee” car and died instantly, according to the report. His body was found […]