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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 […]

Mission Accomplished

Notwithstanding the old adage that behind every great man there stands a great woman, too many great men forget to acknowledge the women who walked with them in the wilderness and who shared the struggle in the days before the glory. Not so Isi Leibler, a former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 19 June 2015 [see also as attachment] in English On the harassment of the Dynasty Foundation in Russia Lawyer Ivan Pavlov: military losses in peacetime cannot be state secret Committee Against Torture to renew work from former apartment of Natalya Estemirova General Prosecutor’s Office unable to inspect five organizations regarding ‘undesirable’ […]

Russian Chabad rabbi slams foreign funding bill

(JTA) — In a rare rebuke of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy, a senior Chabad rabbi from Moscow expressed concerns over a bill aiming to limit foreign involvement. Boruch Gorin, aide to Chief Russian Rabbi Berel Lazar and chairman of Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, on Tuesday expressed his criticism of a government-backed bill […]

Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev

KIEV (JTA) — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old […]

BELARUS: Slander and obstruction to keep foreigners out

By Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service Catholics responded vigorously to accusations by the senior state religious affairs official that foreign Catholic priests working in Belarus often break the law, Forum 18 News Service notes. “They don’t like our country, our laws and authorities. In such cases we don’t prolong their stay in our country,” […]