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Study analyzing ethnicity of Russia’s wealthiest ripped for singling out Jews

(JTA) — A member of Russia’s Human Rights Council slammed a news website that said that nearly a quarter of Russia’s top billionaires are Jews. Nikolai Svanidze of the council, a Kremlin-affiliated body with no executive powers, made the condemnation last week against Lenta.ru, which analyzed according to faith and ethnicity the Forbes list for […]

CRIMEA: Guns, weapons, drugs – and religious literature

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Crimea’s acting Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov has ordered a moratorium on raids, searches and literature confiscations until 1 January 2015. Before it there were many raids on libraries, schools, political organisations, Muslim homes, mosques and madrassahs, and Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls, Forum 18 News Service notes. Fines for […]

Moscow Tear Gas Attack Shows Rise of Anti-Semitism in Putin Era

Moscow Tear Gas Attack Shows Rise of Anti-Semitism in Putin Era – Forward.com By David E. Fishman On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, a group of five or six men disrupted a Jewish concert in the Great Hall of Moscow’s International Music House with a tear gas attack. A half-hour into the program, the […]

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador accuses Russia of kidnapping Christians in Ukraine

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador is bound for Ukraine and says Russian President Vladimir Putin is orchestrating the persecution of Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Muslim Tatars. Andrew Bennett’s one-week, fact-finding mission begins Monday in Kyiv, where he meets religious leaders and government officials, among others. He is also expected to announce a package of Canadian government […]

Ukrainian official: Jews ‘among the best protectors of our country’

Ukrainian Jews have enriched their country and the actions of “stupid people or provocateurs” do not mean that all Ukrainians are anti-Semitic, a Ukrainian official said in response to reports to a failed firebombing of a Kiev synagogue immediately prior to Rosh Hashana. Anti-Semitism is “far worse” in many other European countries than it is […]

Russian lawyer wins Norwegian human rights prize

(Reuters) – A Norwegian human rights foundation gave its annual prize on Thursday to a Russian lawyer and the legal aid group he heads, for their work defending the right to fair trial. Pavel Chikov, 36, and the Agora group were selected for helping activists, bloggers, journalists and non-governmental organizations against the unlawful actions of […]

DRAMATIC DECREASE IN UKRAINIAN ANTI-SEMITISM (2014)

  The dramatic decrease in Ukrainian anti-Semitism has not been reported in the press. Vladimir Putin and the Russian propaganda machine have depicted rampant anti-Semitism in Ukraine and has used this as one of the justifications for their invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. One of the beneficial outcomes of the Maydan Revolution has been […]

Ukraine’s pagan pro-Russian rebels dream of a new Eden

Lily Hyde, Donetsk A pro-Russia militia in Ukraine has ambitions far beyond the ousting of the Kiev government In a grassy clearing in rebel-held east Ukraine, pagan Slavic supremacists in battledress, some cradling Kalashnikovs, raised their arms around a bonfire and prayed for victory over Russia’s enemies. Carved wooden idols representing pre-Christian Slavic gods overlooked […]

Widespread Enforced Disappearances and Torture in Turkmenistan: New reports call for immediate action to ‘Prove They Are Alive!’

  Widespread Enforced Disappearances and Torture in Turkmenistan: New reports call for immediate action to ‘Prove They Are Alive!’ September 24, 2014 PRESS RELEASE 24 SEPTEMBER, WARSAW— The ‘Prove They Are Alive!’ campaign, led by an international coalition of human rights groups, held a briefing today at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization […]

CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration?

    CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration? By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All 1,546 religious communities in Crimea which had state registration with the Ukrainian authorities are being required to re-register under Russian law by 1 January 2015 if they wish to retain legal status. A wide range of communities have complained […]