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May 10, 2012- June 10, 2012 A Brief UCSJ Report on the Situation of Xenophobia, Racism and Intolerance in the Russian Federation

During the review period, nationalist forces continued to be an active part of the protest movement. They were present during the so-called “March of Millions” on May 6 on Bolotnaya  Square, at least 2 participants of the nationalist movement were arrested for alleged “mass riots”.  The SOVA center reports that among nationalist leaders present during […]

Sergei Magnitsky

UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union The Voice of Emigration, Jewish Survival, and Human Rights in the Former Soviet Union Since 1970   June 13, 2012 Dear Member of Congress, We are religious and human rights organizations which work together on issues of international importance and today we are writing you to support the […]

An Interview with International Director, Leonid Stonov

When and where were you born? Moscow, USSR 1931 How did you get involved with human rights in the Soviet Union? Ever since I was a child I was interested in politics, and I even wanted to study humanities in history. But before I graduated high school, my father was arrested. He was accused of […]

Setbacks for democrats and multi-culturalists

State obstruction will keep the Russian democratic party of the ballot this year. They were required to collect two million signatures, which they did, but since a portion were scanned and not originals–something they had to restort to to meet the dealine–their entire petition was discarded. Putin’s party will benefit as a result: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/yavlinsky-says-yabloko-is-in-the-right/452038.html This is […]

Bittersweet freedom

12/08/2011 14:42   By ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN A memoir about a brave, doomed refusenik and her courageous American friend. Photo Courtesy of the Kitrossky family Moscow in the 1980s was a grim and dangerous place where talking to an American on the street was enough to attract the unwanted attention of the KGB. This is […]

Statement of Solidarity

Union of Councils expresses solidarity with democratic forces in Russia who strongly protest against the falsification of parliamentary election results. Today, big rallies in Moscow, Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, and many other cities and towns across Russia showed that Russian civil society not only exists, but is fighting for democratization and political-economic reforms. We support the […]