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Weekly Update NO. 40

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 30 October 2015 [see also attachment] Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: September 2015 Comment  Karinna Moskalenko: Have the secrets of the Nord-Ost case been uncovered? (Ekho Moskvy) Zoya Svetova writes an Open Letter to Ella Pamfilova on the case of Oleg Navalny (Ekho Moskvy) in English  “Return of […]

Weekly Update No. 38

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 16 October 2015 Comment  Karinna Moskalenko comments on the investigation into Anna Politkovskaya’s murder (from Radio Svoboda) in English  Memorial Human Rights Centre opens new website Maria Gorbach on education for human rights in Perm region: What are they not teaching in schools? Quote for the Day  Julia Ioffe: “Putin […]

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Lithuanian PM: Sports complex in Jewish cemetery to be built with ‘proper respect’ Wiesenthal Center’s Zuroff: It’s a case of cover-up in the desecration of the ancient facility.

 The Lithuanian government will coordinate with the Jewish community regarding the construction of a sports complex in the middle of a historic Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, a representative of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has promised. This week the London-based Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, a hassidic organization that has provided the […]

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’ […]

Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian university last week. Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian […]

Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument

(JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with a red swastika that the perpetrators painted over a Star of David symbol. The vandalism in Nikopol, an eastern Ukrainian city located 60 miles from Dnepropetrovsk, occurred on June 16, according to a report Tuesday by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.  {To see photo, click on – […]

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 […]

Ukrainian Jewish billionaire resigns as governor amid dispute with president

(JTA) — The Ukrainian Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky resigned as governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region amid a dispute with President Petro Poroshenko over control of two state-owned firms. Kolomoisky, who has poured millions of his own wealth into preparing Ukraine’s army to fight against Russia, sent Poroshenko his resignation letter late last week, the news […]