Russian Orthodox Activists Say Charlie Hebdo Shooting Was ‘Just Punishment’

Russian Orthodox activists rallied outside the French Embassy in Moscow with signs blaming this week's massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on the newspaper's own practice of lampooning various religions — and on the French government for tolerating its satire. While scores of Muscovites laid flowers outside the embassy to extend their condolences to the families of the 12 people killed in the attack and their…

Europe’s Oldest Human Rights Org Plans to Upgrade Office in Russia

The Moscow Times-- The Council of Europe, the continent's oldest human rights organization, has announced an agreement to upgrade its Russian office, a sign that Russia takes the 47-member group seriously, a spokesman said, at a time when the Kremlin routinely rejects outside criticism of its rights record. Turning its information office into a program office with diplomatic immunity will allow the council…

European Jewish Association Calls for Protection of Jews after anti-Semitic Party Wins 12% of Seats in Ukraine Parliament

The anti-Semitic Ukrainian party Svoboda won 12.3 percent of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, making it clear that they will be well represented in Ukraine's parliament. Several anti-Semitic attacks, such as the torching of synagogues, Jewish cultural centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, have been linked to party…