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Lithuania pledges to publish names of 1,000 suspected Holocaust perpetrators

Following the publication in Lithuania of a groundbreaking book on local complicity during the Holocaust, a state museum on genocide said it would publish a list of 1,000 suspected perpetrators. Terese Birute Burauskaite, who heads the Vilnius-based Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania, said her institution would “this year try to publish a book” […]

Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sued Russia in an international court over his inability to operate an airport in Crimea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Hague-based intergovernmental organization with 117 member states, announced Wednesday that it would review the lawsuit, Reuters reported. Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian nationalist who funded military actions in the Ukraine-Russia […]

Jewish politician on trial in Ukraine invokes blood libel

In 1913, the Russian empire and the world stood rapt as Mendel Beilis, a Jewish factory worker, fought for his life in a Kiev courtroom. Accused of murdering a Christian child in order to use his blood for Passover matzot, Beilis was eventually exonerated, despite the Czarist government’s efforts to ensure a conviction. The affair, […]

SPONSORED: Meet the Jewish woman who’s reinventing the Museum of the Jewish People

This article is kicking off a series on Jewish migration that is being sponsored by the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, the sole institution anywhere in the world devoted to sharing the complete story of the Jewish people with millions of visitors from all walks of life. To learn more about the musem, click […]

Ukrainian government returns Torahs confiscated by Communists

“This is a real miracle of Hanukka,” says Brodsky Choral Synagogue’s Rabbi Moshe Azman. UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS return the Torah scrolls to the Brodsky Choral Synagogue in Kiev on Thursday.. (photo credit:ROMAN VILENSKI) They came dancing into the Brodsky Choral Synagogue, a giant Romanesque building in downtown Kiev, tallit-covered Torah scrolls in their arms. Some 80 […]

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) HRO.org 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) HRO.org 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 […]