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Cardin Statement on Hospitalization of Russian Opposition Activist Vladimir Kara-Murza

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized in a possible poisoning attack: “I was alarmed to see reports that Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was taken to the hospital today. His symptoms appear to […]

Senior Russian lawmaker: Jews still seeking to destroy our churches

January 25, 2017  (JTA) — The deputy speaker of the Russian parliament intimated that Jews are using their positions in the media and government to continue the work of ancestors who “pulled down our churches.” Peter Tolstoy at a news conference Tuesday on plans to move a cathedral in St. Petersburg appeared to blame Jews for […]

Teacher Talking About Yoga is Arrested in Russia For Illegal Missionary Activity

A yoga teacher in Russia was arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia on the charge of indulging in missionary activities. The arrest was carried out amidst fears that the teacher’s talks would led to the creation of new religious cults. Russia currently has a law in place banning all missionary activities. The yoga teacher’s speech was […]

RUSSIA: Religious freedom survey, January 2017

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Russian laws restricting freedom of religion and belief have increased, as have prosecutions of people exercising this freedom. Given intensifying official hostility to independent public activities without state permission, freedom of religion and belief and interlinked human rights may in future be increasingly restricted. Since Vladimir Putin re-election as President […]

HRW Report: Threats To Human Rights Increased In 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) warns that human rights are increasingly in danger as strongman leaders in countries such as Russia, Turkey, and China step up their repression of dissent and populist parties rise in the West. The international rights group says in its World Report 2017 that the past 12 months have seen many authoritarian […]

Ukrainian marchers in Kiev chant ‘Jews out’

January 3, 2017  (JTA) — Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev chanted “Jews out” in German at a New Year’s Day march celebrating the birthday of a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed thousands of Jews. Thousands attended the event in the center of the Ukrainian capital celebrating Stepan Bandera, a leader of Ukraine’s nationalist movement in the […]

Donbass refugees celebrate third Hanukka in Kiev

Members of scattered Jewish community remain strongly connected despite distance between them. {To see video, click on http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Donbass-refugees-celebrate-third-Hanukka-in-Kiev-476623 – G.R} (Jewish refugees of Ukraine’s Donbass region celebrate Hanukka at the Khreschatyk Hotel in Kiev on Dec. 25, 2016) KIEV – Dozens of Jewish refugees from the war in Donbass celebrated the second night of Hanukka on […]

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 […]