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Immigration From Former Soviet Union to Israel Higher in 2015 Than Any Year in Past Decade

Rising inflation, a falling ruble, Western sanctions and a tense security situation have led many to search for a better life in Israel. by Lee Yaron This year brought more immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union than any year in the past decade, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said Tuesday. Immigrants from these […]

Syria: Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. ‘Civilian objects […]


Nika Vashakidze’s film about refuseniks offers a new perspective on the complexity of Jewish life in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘Alyad’ premieres in New York on Wednesday. By Hannah Vaitsblit December 8, 2015 It’s been almost 24 years since the fall of the Soviet Union. It seems to me that most young people do […]

RUSSIA: Two prison terms, 25 initial fines in 37 cases for public religious events over 4 months

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Over four months between May and August, 37 cases were brought to punish individuals and religious communities across Russia for exercising freedom of religion or belief in public spaces under Administrative Code Article 20.2, Forum 18 News Service has found. One community was fined after members offered religious […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia  Week-ending Friday 30 October 2015 Returning the Names Stalinism  On 29/10, in an event on Lubyanka Square. ‘Returning the Names’, members of the public honoured the memory of those executed during the Great Terror. (RFE/RL, 29/10) GULAG museum  On 30/10 a new state-run museum on the history of the GULAG system opened […]

Weekly Update No. 39

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 23 October 2015 [see also attachment] Rights in Russia: September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Liudmila Alekseeva on World Food Day Aleksei Simonov: “It’s important to shout out loud enough that the emperor has no clothes, so that both emperor and crowd can hear” in English  Political prisoner Oleg Navalny describes conditions […]

Dear Mr. Putin, God Won’t Forgive You For This. Signed, Oleg Kashin

“I decided to take the conversation to a slightly different level,” journalist Oleg Kashin says about his decision to publish A Letter To The Leaders Of The Russian Federation. By Carl Schreck October 06, 2015 In 1973, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn sent a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev denouncing, […]

Russian rabbi: Flagging of Jewish group adding to community’s insecurity

September 29, 2015 (JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi condemned the government’s listing of a Jewish welfare group as a foreign agent, calling it part of a policy which is making Jews insecure of their future in Russia. Boruch Gorin, a Chabad rabbi who acts as a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and as […]

Russia lists JDC-funded cultural group among ‘foreign agents’

(JTA) — Russia’s Justice Ministry placed a Jewish cultural association with ties to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on its list of nongovernmental organizations defined as “foreign agents.” The Hesed-Tshuva group, which is based in the city of Ryazan located 120 miles south of Moscow, was placed on the list on Sept. 11, according to […]

Rights in Russia Report

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 11 September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Pavel Chikov: ‘I’m tired of keeping silent’ Georgy Satarov: Shame, morality and citizenship in English  New Monument to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Erected in Vladivostok Red Terror marked in St Petersburg on 5 September 2015 Muftis of Russia on the Golden Horde, Xenophobia and Political Correctness […]