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Russia, a court will determine whether the New Testament is “extremist”

Nina Achmatova The case is related to the Gideons mission who wanted to import sacred texts, according to the law. Customs in Vyborg, however, blocked the shipment claiming they wanted to verify the presence of extremist literature. Moscow (AsiaNews) – On 16 November in Vyborg, near St. Petersburg, the city court will hold a hearing […]

Kiev Orthodox and Greek-Catholics excluded from the Inter-religious Council of Crimea

Nina Achmatova The decision of the Russian authorities on Black Sea peninsula sparks debate. The Crimea is adapting to Russian legislation, which recognizes only  ‘traditional’ Buddhism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and Islam. Moscow (AsiaNews) – After a year and a half of discussions, the Russian authorities in Crimea – Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, following […]

How Rabbi Nahman’s grave in Uman was saved from Soviet urban renewal.

by Ben Bresky October 25, ’16 (the article was published on the JPost’s pay site several weeks ago, and only made generally available today) While the Breslov movement is known for upholding the sanctity of the Land of Israel, the High Holy Days are times of judgment, when the faithful leave their familiar routine to […]

4 arrested in beating of Chabad rabbi in Ukraine

October 19, 2016 (JTA) – Police in Ukraine arrested four suspects, including two teenagers, in the beating of a rabbi in the western city of Zhitomir earlier this month. The suspects in the Oct. 7 beating of Mendel Deitsch, 63, were apprehended Sunday at a bus station in the city, which they planned to flee […]

Rabbi Attacked in Ukraine Airlifted to Israel in Serious but Stable Condition

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch is undergoing treatment at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 8, 2016 Rabbi Mendel Deitsch JERUSALEM—A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who was found badly beaten in the central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, on Friday was airlifted to Israel by emergency medical transport, and remains in serious but stable condition at […]

American pastor’s ministry facing closure under Russia’s new anti-evangelism law

Lorraine Caballero      05 October, 2016 12:10 PM An American pastor’s ministry in Russia is facing its end after he was charged with violating the country’s anti-evangelism law under its new anti-terror legislation. Donald Ossewaarde, 55, is the first American who has been charged under Russia’s new anti-terror laws. The “Yarovaya” legislation has a […]

More of Kremlin’s Opponents Are Ending Up Dead

  Mr. Putin, perceiving an intrusion into his country’s affairs, campaigned hard against the measure. When it passed, he retaliated by ending American adoptions of Russian children. The law became a prototype for the blacklisting of prominent Russians accused of murders, human rights abuses and financial theft, among other violations. The question of who was […]

How Elie Wiesel inspired the Free Soviet Jewry movement

By Glenn Richter         (JTA) — On my bookshelves there are two rows of volumes on the Soviet Jewry movement. Squeezed in among the tomes is a small, well-worn paperback with pages no longer attached to the spine, “The Jews of Silence” by Elie Wiesel. This slim volume is, however, a bridge. It crossed him and […]

Lithuanian mayor dismantles building made from Jewish headstones

The municipality of Vilnius in Lithuania began dismantling a Soviet-era structure made from Jewish headstones. Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius removed the first stone from the structure housing an electricity and heating generator on Olandų Street Wednesday, the mayor‘s office said in a statement. The generator was built by the Soviet authorities of Lithuania between 1965-1968, when it […]

Latvian lawmakers to participate in annual SS march through capital

Latvian lawmakers to participate in annual SS march through capital by Sam Sokol Around sixty seven out of seventy thousand Latvian Jews died in the holocaust, he said. Sympathizers rally at the Freedom Monument in Riga to commemorate the Latvian Legion of the Nazi Waffen-SS, March 2015. (photo credit:ILIYA PITALEV / RIA NOVOSTI / AFP) […]