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An Open Letter to the Patriarch of Moscow

by George Wiegel http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/an-open-letter-to-the-patriarch-of-moscow   His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Danilov Monastery 115191 Moscow RUSSIA Your Holiness: Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering with pleasure our meeting in Washington some years ago, I am prompted to write by what I once hoped was a common concern for the […]

Beaten and threatened: the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ turns on city’s priests

by David Blair Praying for peace can be a dangerous endeavour for Christians in Donetsk, especially if they happen not to follow the Russian Orthodox Church. The self-declared “People’s Republic”, which controls this Ukrainian city and much of the surrounding region, proclaims Orthodoxy to be its official religion. Inside their occupied headquarters building, leaders of […]

Russia’s new “Georgievskaya” ideology

In March 2014 the Russian Federation illegally annexed the Crimean Autonomous Republic from Ukraine. From there the instability has spilled over to almost the entire South-East of Ukraine. The Crimean crisis and separatism in the South-East of Ukraine are the strongest historical challenges for the Ukrainian people and sovereignty since independence. However, Ukraine is not […]

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 […]