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Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency

By  Steven Lee Myers, New York Times   MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin exerted new control over Russia’s state news media on Monday, dissolving by decree one of Russia’s official news agencies, RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster as he continues a drive to strengthen the Kremlin’s influence at home and abroad. […]

Subbotnik Jews make aliyah

Their forefathers, who were Christian peasants, embraced Judaism some 200 years ago, and they have stuck to it to this very day. Now, two of 500 members of Subbotnik community from village of Vysoky in southern Russia decide to immigrate to Promised Land. Ariel and Moriah Shishlenikov, residents of the southern Russian village of Vysoky, […]

The Only Jewish Kid in His Moscow Class

http://forward.com/articles/188369/the-only-jewish-kid-in-his-moscow-class/   Once, during a literature lesson in sixth or seventh grade, in around 1981, a note was passed to me from the back of the classroom. It was a sheet of paper ripped from a composition book. “To the Jew from the Russians” (“evreiu ot russkikh”) was scribbled in Russian on the front of […]

Russian priest suspended over anti-Semitic pejorative

(JTA) — Russian church officials suspended a priest for using an anti-Semitic pejorative while baptizing a girl. The two-month ban on Andrey Evstigneeva was announced earlier this month on the website of the Diocese of Saratov, a city 450 miles southeast of Moscow. It followed complaints by the family and the Russian Jewish Congress, the […]

Putin’s party loses key city to tough Jew with checkered past

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (JTA) — Growing up in one of the Soviet Union’s richest cities, Elena Chudnovskaya never imagined that she would be raising her daughter in a place so full of drug addicts that “the flowerbeds became strewn with syringes.” But that is what became of her downtown apartment block after the collapse of communism, […]

Shots fired at Yekaterinburg synagogue in Russia

(JTA) — Shots were fired at the synagogue of Yekaterinburg, the Russian Jewish Congress said, breaking windows but not injuring anyone. At least two bullets hit the building housing the synagogue on Monday, according to the Russian Jewish Congress team that monitors anti-Semitism. No one was hurt, Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian […]

The Children of Refuseniks Report From the Frontlines of Putin’s Russia

http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/138356/the-children-of-refuseniks-report-from-the-frontlines-of-putin%E2%80%99s-russia July 19, 2013 Yesterday’s sentencing of Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was just the latest in a steady stream of blows to the democracy that President Vladimir Putin has ruled with near-dictatorial authority for more than a decade.  Navalny, an anticorruption activist, was given a 5-year prison sentence for what most observers say […]

Putin Refuses To Let the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Library Leave Moscow

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/143902/moscow-putin-lubavitcher-library?all=1 By Avital Chizhik There was something surprisingly calm about the tiny Brooklyn courtyard of 770 Eastern Parkway, the address of the international headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch. Groups of Hasidic men passed by talking, clutching cellphones, laughing, carrying boxes of books. One morning this past March, I knocked on a heavy wooden door; someone inside the building […]

Putin supporters nominate Russian leader for Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his extravagant animal adventures and standing up against the West, could be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. A group of his supporters have announced their nomination of the president for the prestigious prize. Why Putin? Beslan Kobakhia, vice president of the Academy of Spiritual Unity and […]

Alleged gunman in rabbi shooting killed in Russia

(JTA) — The alleged shooter of a rabbi in southern Russia was killed in a raid by Russian security forces. Sherif Akhmedov was one of five suspected extremists killed last week in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement issued Friday, according to international […]