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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown

Chabad emissary has been deemed a threat to national security, worrying a community that finds itself living in an increasingly authoritarian state By Cnaan Liphshiz February 14, 2017 Rabbis Ari Edelkopf, center, and Berel Lazar, right, listen to a speech at a reception of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia in Sochi, Russia, Feb. […]

Russian lawmaker: Ancestors of Jewish politicians ‘boiled us in cauldrons’

February 13, 2017 Vitaly Milonov at President Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly at the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 1, 2016. (Anatoliy Zhdanov/Kommersant via Getty Images) (JTA) — A Russian lawmaker in President Vladimir Putin’s party said the ancestors of two Jewish opposition politicians had killed Christians. “Christians survived despite the fact that […]

6 Signs There’s No Such Thing as Internet Freedom in Russia

The international human rights group Agora says Russian authorities have declared war on the Internet Feb 10, 2017 — 19:00  — Update: Feb. 10 2017 — 17:12 By Daria Litvinova Writing about Crimea, Ukraine, Syria or religion on social media in Russia has become a dangerous business. Saying — or typing — the wrong thing […]

American Chabad rabbi called security risk in Russia, ordered to leave

February 8, 2017  (JTA) — An American rabbi who has worked for the Chabad movement in Russia since 2002 said he and his family are facing deportation under a provision dealing with threats to national security. Ari Edelkopf, a father of seven who grew up in the United States and lived in Israel before settling in […]

RUSSIA: Long-running cases against Muslims for meetings

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Eleven Russian Muslims currently face “extremism” criminal charges for meeting together and reading the works of theologian Said Nursi. Two have been detained before trial since March 2016, and one has not been allowed to pray. An atheist blogger’s next hearing is on 2 February. Eleven Russian Muslims face “extremism” […]

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 […]

The Spies Who Love Putin

How the FSB’s loyalty to Russia’s president made it the country’s most powerful intelligence agency Ria Novosti / Kremlin / Alexei Druzhinin / Reuters It’s tempting to look to the playbooks and historical traditions of the late Soviet Union to explain the audacity of today’s Russian intelligence activity, from its meddling in U.S. elections, to […]

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 […]

What makes Putin tick, and what the West should do

Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy Friday, January 13, 2017 Editor’s Note:This piece is adapted with permission from “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” By Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). In the book, they aimed to answer the question of who is Russian President Vladimir Putin and what motivates him. The authors […]