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Dear Mr. Putin, God Won’t Forgive You For This. Signed, Oleg Kashin

“I decided to take the conversation to a slightly different level,” journalist Oleg Kashin says about his decision to publish A Letter To The Leaders Of The Russian Federation. By Carl Schreck October 06, 2015 In 1973, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn sent a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev denouncing, […]

Russian rabbi: Flagging of Jewish group adding to community’s insecurity

September 29, 2015 (JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi condemned the government’s listing of a Jewish welfare group as a foreign agent, calling it part of a policy which is making Jews insecure of their future in Russia. Boruch Gorin, a Chabad rabbi who acts as a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and as […]

Russia lists JDC-funded cultural group among ‘foreign agents’

(JTA) — Russia’s Justice Ministry placed a Jewish cultural association with ties to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on its list of nongovernmental organizations defined as “foreign agents.” The Hesed-Tshuva group, which is based in the city of Ryazan located 120 miles south of Moscow, was placed on the list on Sept. 11, according to […]

Rights in Russia Report

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 11 September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Pavel Chikov: ‘I’m tired of keeping silent’ Georgy Satarov: Shame, morality and citizenship in English  New Monument to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Erected in Vladivostok Red Terror marked in St Petersburg on 5 September 2015 Muftis of Russia on the Golden Horde, Xenophobia and Political Correctness […]

Russia Fined $44 Million for Refusing to Hand Over Jewish Books

By GRAHAM BOWLEY In a decision likely to prolong a Russian ban on lending art to American museums, a federal judge on Thursdayordered Russia to pay a fine of $43.7 million for refusing to return a collection of Jewish books and documents to the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group. The dispute, long a source of diplomatic tension between […]

Russia: Children With Disabilities Face Discrimination Ensure Quality Education for All

(Moscow) – Children with disabilities in Russia face serious obstacles to accessing quality education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Russian government should build on progress to date to make sure that children with disabilities are not shut out from quality, inclusive education at all levels of the education system. The […]

Russian Judge Dismissed for Anti-Semitic Post

A district court judge from Russia’s Udmurtia republic was dismissed from his post this week for posting an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook two years ago.  At the time, Ivan Orsinin uploaded a picture of a burning mosque to hisFacebook page with the following caption: You can look endlessly at three things: flowing water, sparkling stars and a burning mosque.” In a […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue

Irina Shelkayeba was cooking supper last night in her apartment in Donetsk when a rocket slammed into her apartment, instantly killing her. She was an active member of the Donetsk Jewish community and a teacher in their OhrAvner Preschool, according to Rabbi Aryeh Schvartz, assistant to the community’s chief rabbi. Shelkayeba—whose 30-year-old son lived with […]