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Russian Supreme Court Rejects Jehovah’s Witnesses Appeal

July 18, 2017 — 09:57  — Update: 10:23 The history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, illustrated in the museum of the Russian administrative center of Jehovah’s Witnesses based in the town of Solnechnoye Alexander Demianchuk / TASS Russia’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to reverse its decision declaring the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” […]

UCSJ UPDATE

We had a great result on July 12th.  With much support of Deputy Y. Shuchevich, his assistance in the Ukrainian parliament (in Ukrainian, Verkhovna Rada), lawyers for UCSJ and I successfully brought to the parliament’s Committee of Culture and Conscience’s attention the illegal clauses inserted in the proposed chances to the Law of Cultural Heritage […]

Soviet Veteran Who Met With Trump Jr. Is a Master of the Dark Arts

MOSCOW — Rinat Akhmetshin, the Russian-American lobbyist who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June 2016, had one consistent message for the journalists who met him over the years at the luxury hotels where he stayed in Moscow, London and Paris, or at his home on a leafy street in Washington: Never use email […]

Ukrainian officials post footage of vandals drawing swastikas on Holocaust memorial

June 28, 2017  (JTA) — City officials in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv published online security camera footage of vandals painting Nazi symbols on a Holocaust memorial in a bid to identify them. The municipality made the unusual move last week on its website, in which it showed an image of an individual wearing […]

With no Jews left to protest, Christian crosses grace Holocaust memorials in Belarus

In addition to problems with Jewish law, where some in the scant Jewish community see a positive gesture, others see cultural insensitivity By Julie Masis  July 9, 2017 PETRIKOV, Belarus — A few years ago, a monument to the local residents who perished during the Nazi occupation was built in the central park of the small […]

IN MEMORIAM ED KLINE

24-го июня в Нью-Йорке умер Эдвард Клайн – американец, посвятивший всю свою жизнь защите прав человека в СССР и постсоветской России. Он был нашим верным и преданным другом, много сделавшим для нас, особенно в период становления «Мемориала». Глубоко скорбим и выражаем соболезнования его вдове и дочери. Мы всегда будем его помнить. Правление Международного Мемориала   Ниже мы публикуем некрологи друзей и коллег Эдварда Клайна – из личной переписки, страниц в соцсетях: […]

How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation

by Julie Masis 6/18/17 Clockwise, from left: Rhea Clyman’s photo in the 1933 Toronto Telegram; a ‘Red Train’ of carts taking first harvest of produce to Soviet government warehouses; starving children affected by the famine. (All photos public domain) While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a […]

Telling The Truth in Lithuania

By Rhona Lewis – 19 Sivan 5777 – June 12, 2017 Photo Credit: Benas Gerdziunas Richard in the classroom Who is telling Lithuanians about the Jewish communities that vanished during World War II? Richard Schofield, founder and Creative Director of the International Centre for Litvak Photography (IC4LP), has brought together a group of Lithuanian activists […]

Russia’s Navalny, Others Detained As Moscow Anticorruption Demonstration Begins

MOSCOW — Police in Moscow used megaphones to order anticorruption protesters to disperse as several hundred people began marching down Tverskaya Street, a central thoroughfare. There was a heavy police presence throughout the area, and RFE/RL correspondents saw at least five people being detained. Russian media reported that at least 50 people had been detained […]

Estonian politician vows to legalize Holocaust denial

(JTA) — An Estonian nationalist politician vowed in his election campaign to decriminalize Holocaust denial and instead penalize those who would downplay the Soviet domination of the country. Georg Kirsberg, who is running for a lawmaker’s seat for the Conservative People’s Party in Estonia’s elections in October, was quoted Wednesday by the Estonian National Broadcasting […]