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IRF Roundtable Letter on Declining Religious Freedom Conditions in Kazakhstan

UCSJ, along with other members of the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable, sent a letter to the UN regarding our concern for declining religious freedom conditions in Kazakhstan. Click the above link to view it, or read an excerpt below: Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Office of the […]

An Oral History of the Rally to Save Soviet Jewry

Tablet Magazine How We Freed Soviet Jewry Twenty-five years ago today, a rally of 250,000 people changed the fate of Jews worldwide. An oral history. By Allison Hoffman Originally published December 6, 2012. (American Jewish Historical Society)   Twenty-five years ago today, an estimated quarter of a million Americans, most of them Jews, flooded the Mall […]

Human Rights Groups in Russia Firmly Against New ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

Human rights groups in Russia are standing firmly against the new ‘Foreign Agent’ law as it goes into effect. This law requires nonprofit groups that receive any funding from outside Russia to label themselves as “foreign agents.” In addition, it expands the legal definition of treason to include “providing financial, technical, advisory or other assistance […]

Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky Discuss 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry

At the this year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky, former Soviet Refusenik, discussed the historical significance of the Sunday, December 6, 1987 march on Washington for Soviet Jewry. This 1987 march was the largest American Jewish demonstration in history, with over […]

Russian Activist Razvozzhayev’s Plea Denied

Russian activist Leonid Razvozzhayev’s plea to cancel a lower court’s decision to keep him in pre-trial custody was rejected last week, according to Voice of America. He is currently being held in Moscow. Razvozzhayev is a member of the radical leftist party Left Front that has taken part in anti-governmental protests since last year. He is […]

Please Help Valery Senderov Pay For Medical Treatment

Valery Senderov, a courageous human rights activist, mathematician, teacher and writer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 67. Senderov has three young children, and is unable to afford the medical treatment that he needs. In the 1970’s, Senderov monitored and exposed the systematic antisemitism that pervaded the Mathematics Department of Moscow University. Talented, qualified students consistently […]

Charges Against Journalist Continue

The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has decided this week to continue investigating the criminal case against Andrzej Poczobut until November 21st. Poczobut, a a Polish-Belarusian minority activist and journalist for the Gazeta Wyborcza, faces a prison sentence in Belarus of more than seven years for “libeling the President.” Poczobut has published articles in Belarus that criticize […]

Members of Russian Punk Band Imprisoned Hundreds of Miles Outside Moscow

Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, have been exiled to prison camps far from Moscow, despite their request to be sent to jails closer to the Russian capital. According to their friends, Alyokhina has been sent 700 miles east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains region, while Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, 300 miles east […]

The Regime Has Crossed the Red Line

Official Statement from UCSJ’s NGO Partner For Human Rights Moscow– The criminal case against Sergey Udaltsov and other “heroes” of NTV propagandistic films shows that the current regime in Russia has crossed the red line from being a simply repressive violator of democratic principles to a totalitarian one. The absurdity of accusations, reminiscent of Stalin-era actions, demonstrates […]

Maxim Efimov, Russian Human Rights Activist, Granted Asylum in Estonia

Maxim Efimov, head of the Youth Human Rights Group of Karelia, has been granted political asylum in Estonia. As UCSJ mentioned in our Letter to President Putin on Behalf of Maxim Efimov, Efimov fled from Russia after getting charged by local prosecutors for publishing an article that compared the Orthodox Church to the largest leading political […]