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Remembering the Refusenik Movement

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) – Driven by desperation, Marina and Lev Furman stepped out of their home in Leningrad and took a 20-minute walk into uncertainty. Trailed by KGB agents, they bundled up and set out in the weak winter light for Palace Square, site of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. They brought signs demanding freedom. And […]

Maxim Efimov, Russian Human Rights Activist, Granted Asylum in Estonia

Maxim Efimov, head of the Youth Human Rights Group of Karelia, has been granted political asylum in Estonia. As UCSJ mentioned in our Letter to President Putin on Behalf of Maxim Efimov, Efimov fled from Russia after getting charged by local prosecutors for publishing an article that compared the Orthodox Church to the largest leading political […]

Soviet Jewry Panel in Memory of Lil Hoffman

Lil Hoffman was a long time member of the Board of the UCSJ. Her daughter, Sheila Bialik, convened a panel a few years ago as a tribute to her mother’s tremendous work helping Soviet Jews emigrate from the USSR. Below is an excerpt from the video she created from the panel, which was recently broadcasted […]