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RUSSIA: Freedom of religion or belief “extremist” text prosecutions increase

RUSSIA: Freedom of religion or belief “extremist” text prosecutions increase By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service From September to December 2015 inclusive at least 35 individuals and three religious organisations exercising freedom of religion or belief were prosecuted in Russia under Administrative Code Article 20.29 (“Production or mass distribution of extremist materials”), Forum 18 […]

WORKING GROUP FOR COMBATING SECTARIANISM TO BE CREATED IN STATE DUMA

Russian parliament preparing restrictions on new religious groups WORKING GROUP FOR COMBATING SECTARIANISM TO BE CREATED IN STATE DUMA RIA Novosti, 25 February 2016 Deputies of the State Duma on Thursday at a session of the interfractional deputies’ Group for Protection of Christian Values made a decision to create a working group for combating sectarianism […]

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia While Putin, “cannot be accused of having a negative attitude towards Jews…a massive exodus of Jews back to Russia seems to be a fantasy.” Vladimir Putin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) One of Russia’s most popular news outlets has accused President Vladimir Putin of being […]

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia While Putin, “cannot be accused of having a negative attitude towards Jews…a massive exodus of Jews back to Russia seems to be a fantasy.” Vladimir Putin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) One of Russia’s most popular news outlets has accused President Vladimir Putin of being […]

Immigration From Former Soviet Union to Israel Higher in 2015 Than Any Year in Past Decade

Rising inflation, a falling ruble, Western sanctions and a tense security situation have led many to search for a better life in Israel. by Lee Yaron This year brought more immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union than any year in the past decade, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said Tuesday. Immigrants from these […]

Syria: Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. ‘Civilian objects […]

NEW DOCUMENTARY ‘ALYAD’ DEPICTS JEWISH LIFE IN THE SOVIET UNION

Nika Vashakidze’s film about refuseniks offers a new perspective on the complexity of Jewish life in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘Alyad’ premieres in New York on Wednesday. By Hannah Vaitsblit December 8, 2015 It’s been almost 24 years since the fall of the Soviet Union. It seems to me that most young people do […]

RUSSIA: Two prison terms, 25 initial fines in 37 cases for public religious events over 4 months

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Over four months between May and August, 37 cases were brought to punish individuals and religious communities across Russia for exercising freedom of religion or belief in public spaces under Administrative Code Article 20.2, Forum 18 News Service has found. One community was fined after members offered religious […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia  Week-ending Friday 30 October 2015 Returning the Names Stalinism  On 29/10, in an event on Lubyanka Square. ‘Returning the Names’, members of the public honoured the memory of those executed during the Great Terror. (RFE/RL, 29/10) GULAG museum  On 30/10 a new state-run museum on the history of the GULAG system opened […]

Weekly Update No. 39

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 23 October 2015 [see also attachment] Rights in Russia: September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Liudmila Alekseeva on World Food Day Aleksei Simonov: “It’s important to shout out loud enough that the emperor has no clothes, so that both emperor and crowd can hear” HRO.org in English  Political prisoner Oleg Navalny describes conditions […]