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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 […]

Russian Civil Court Rules Against Stating Holocaust Victims Were Jewish

A petition to gain official recognition that the victims of a Holocaust atrocity near Rostov-on-Don were Jewish has been rejected by a Russian civil court, according to 161.ru, a Russian news site. The city’s Zmievskaya Balka mass grave now solely mentions that the event that occurred was a “mass killing by the fascists of captured Soviet […]

Jewish Cultural Center Opens in Ukraine

On Tuesday, October 16th, a  Jewish cultural center was dedicated in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. It has been named the “Menorah Center,” as the large complex consists of seven buildings in the shape of a menorah. The Center includes a Holocaust museum, community center, hotel, kosher restaurant, an Institute for Jewish Culture in Ukraine and art galleries. The […]

UCSJ Statement Regarding Threats to Tatyana Lokshina

The international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has informed UCSJ that Tatyana Lokshina, Deputy Director of HRW Moscow office, received nine text messages (SMS) from September 28th- 30th that directly threatened her and her future child. Lokshina was the Director of the UCSJ Bureau in Moscow in the early 1990s and also has worked with […]

Russia Moves to Broaden Definition of High Treason

“Russian leaders ‘have now chosen an ideological course — you can even call it a national idea — to search for external and internal enemies,’ Lev A. Ponomarev, a veteran activist, said in an interview with Dozhd TV. Lyudmila M. Alekseyeva, a human rights advocate, told the news service Interfax that she had ‘a feeling that they are again pulling down the Iron Curtain.’

Earlier this week, the United States Agency for International Development announced that it would end its 20-year-old program in Russia at the Kremlin’s request. On Friday, the Moscow office of Radio Liberty, which is financed by the American government, announced that it was ending medium-wave broadcasts because of a tough new media law that prohibits such broadcasting when more than 48 percent of an outlet’s founders are foreigners. The station will continue its broadcasts online.”

Dagestan’s ‘Mountain Jews’ Flee Chaos- After 12 Centuries, Violence Rips Caucasus Community Apart

By Judith Matloff Forward – Published September 03, 2012, issue of September 07, 2012. Makhachkala, Russia — Getting to Friday services in Makhachkala, the capital city of the Russian Republic of Dagestan, was complicated. Three giant bombs had earlier gone off down the road, and authorities had sealed off streets near the synagogue. En route […]

Hundreds gather to mark massive Holocaust pogrom in Russia

(JTA) — More than 1,000 people gathered at Rostov-on-Don, which 70 years ago witnessed the worst Holocaust atrocity in Russia. Wearing arm bands marked with a Star of David, the crowd on Sunday marched to the mass grave of approximately 27,000 people executed by German soldiers near the city in 1942. Most of the victims […]

Letter to President Putin on Behalf of Maxim Efimov

Honorable Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation http://eng.letters.kremlin.ru/ Dear Mr. President: The UCSJ would like to direct your attention to the fate of Maxim Efimov a chairman of the Karelian regional branch of the inter-regional youth social charity organization “Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG)” . The Karelian branch of YHRG implements human rights protection programs […]

Notoriously Antisemitic “Blood Libel” in the News of the Leading Russian State Channel

The UCSJ presents here the analytical information from our Ukrainian expert Vyacheslav Likhachev and expresses strong indignation at public verbalization of notorious antisemitic “Blood libel” made by ROC Patriarch Kirill. We are also surprised by the very mild response of FJCR and an absence of protest voices from other Russian Jewish organizations.   Larry Lerner, […]