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NGOs in Russia Could be Labeled ‘Foreign Agents’ Without Their Consent

President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Justice Ministry to register nongovernmental organizations as “foreign agents” without their consent, Interfax reported Wednesday. A law that entered into force in 2012 required all NGOs engaged in “political activity” to formally register as “foreign agents.” The designation itself carries strong, negative associations with Cold War-era espionage. Furthermore, any NGO registering as a foreign agent is required […]

Soviet practice of psychiatric evaluation of political criminals reemerges in Russia today

UCSJ STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF RUSSIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST Mrs. TATYANA KOTLYAR With nearly 50 years of involvement, the UCSJ has extensive experience in supporting human rights activists in the former Soviet Union.  After years of such experience, UCSJ has observed that too often in Russian history, authorities have persecuted brave, honest, heroic, and innocent people […]

The internet was the last free zone in Russian society. Now Putin has it in his grasp

Vladimir Putin hates revolutions. In 1989, he was horrified when East Germans burned the Stasi headquarters in Dresden, where he worked as a young KGB agent. He took Russia’s 1991 revolutionary overthrow of the Soviet system as a personal betrayal. He scoffed at Georgia’s Rose Revolution in 2003, and derided Ukraine’s (failed) 2004 Orange Revolution. […]

Odessa is not the Crimea: this war is about Europe

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Battles continue to rage in Eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, four people died and 30 were injured in a gunfight between pro-Russian and Ukrainian military forces on the outskirts of Slovyansk. An army helicopter was shot down , but the pilots survived. Two days ago, government forces killed 20 rebels and dozens more were injured […]

Update on Recent Developments in Ukraine and Jewish Agency Activities There

Courtesy of the Jewish Agency for Israel Prepared on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 By Roman Polonsky, Head of the Unit for Russian-Speaking Jewry   Update on Recent Developments in Ukraine and Jewish Agency Activities There Our general feeling is that the winds of war are blowing,” Jewish Agency emissaries write from Ukraine. “We believe that […]

Jews in Russia balance Jewish culture and Russia’s place in the world

MOSCOW – More than 1,000, mostly young, Russian Jews gathered over the weekend at the Limmud FSU Moscow conference to listen to around 160 sessions highlighting Jewish culture, business and history. The energetic and talkative crowds had come from Moscow and the surrounding area, with a few flying from as far away as Australia and […]

Khodorkovsky’s Speech to the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Forum

The following speech text was prepared by Mikhail Khodorkovsky for delivery at the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Forum. Dear friends, colleagues, Over the last month the most frequent question I’ve been asked was: Why hold this conference? How will it help Ukraine that seems to be facing its toughest challenge since becoming an independent nation? What will […]

Ukrainian Jews slam Putin in full-page ad in New York Times

NEW YORK (JTA) — Leading Ukrainian Jews took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin for maligning the treatment of Jews in Ukraine. The ad, which also appeared in Canada’s National Post, Israel’s daily Haaretz and the International New York Times, is addressed to Putin and accuses him […]

Ukraine: Russia faces ‘growing isolation’ says Cameron

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-26729260   The decision to axe the G8 summit shows Russia faces “growing political isolation”, David Cameron has said. The UK prime minister said world leaders were sending the “clearest possible” message that Moscow’s actions in annexing Crimea were unacceptable. The US and UK have said the G8 will be “hard to revive” in the […]

Why US sanctions could play into Putin’s hand

The new round of US sanctions slapped on Russia over Crimea Thursday may already be taking a toll on Russia’s economy. But how effective the measures will be in curbing Russia’s aggressive policies remains a controversial question. In fact, the Kremlin leadership could have planned for the sanctions in a way that would mute their immediate impact on their intended targets, Russian President […]