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Weekly Update No. 42

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 13 November 2015 [see also as attachment] Comment  Sergei Nikitin: “There’s clearly an attempt to find enemies where there are none” (Voice of America)  Person of the Week  Person of the Week: Magomed Mutsolgov Rights Group of the Week  Rights Group of the Week: Memorial Human Rights Centre in English  Statement […]

Weekly Update

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 2 October 2015 in English  Sergei Lukashevsky: ‘It is not fitting for an organization that bears the name of Sakharov to blacken its own reputation’ Liudmila Alekseeva asks Putin to finally abolish ‘foreign agent’ law Liudmila Alekseeva: I want to ask the president a question Statement by Memorial Human Rights […]

Moscow Helsinki Committee Speech on Receiving the Vaclev Havel Award Prize: Translation

Strasbourg 28, 2015 In our country the human rights movement was born a half a century ago.  I am proud and happy that since the very beginning of this movement I took the proactive role in its development.  Human rights and protection of human dignity became my life-time project.  It is the story of my […]

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 […]

Letter from Joel Sandberg

Friends:         Back from Belarus, Latvia, Estina with a report — our colleagues Joel & Adele Sandberg —         – Glenn Richter             Adele and I spent 5 days in Belarus guided by a fantastic couple, Frank and Galina Swartz.. They run 2 non-profits, Eastern European Jewish  Heritage Project assisting  Jewish communities and Voluntas which assists children with disabilities.Thanks to […]

In Lviv, a Holocaust survival story gets lifted from the gutter

   In response to the article below sent out yesterday, our colleague Meylakh Sheykhet wrote the following —         – Glenn Richter                    Sad to say – none of the Holocaust related sites of L’viv have been commemorated or protected by the City Hall from being built over or missused. The Mayor Sadovyy is one of […]


  The dramatic decrease in Ukrainian anti-Semitism has not been reported in the press. Vladimir Putin and the Russian propaganda machine have depicted rampant anti-Semitism in Ukraine and has used this as one of the justifications for their invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. One of the beneficial outcomes of the Maydan Revolution has been […]

Larry Lerner teaches Brotherhood about UCSJ, describes Ukrainian trip

  Larry Lerner teaches Brotherhood about UCSJ, describes Ukrainian trip   At the TBB Brotherhood brunch on September 7, Rabbi Lerner introduced a presentation by his father, Larry Lerner, a respected legal counsel and president of the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, also known as ‘Soviet Jewry’ (thus ‘UCSJ’).   The […]

UCSJ Attends Second Annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, UCSJ’s President, Larry Lerner, and Associate Director, Maria Weissman, attended the second annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable event. The IRF is an informal alliance of over one hundred faith-based organizations, religious freedom advocates and NGOs. The event was held on Capitol Hill in the Cannon Caucus Room and was co-sponsored by Advocates […]

UCSJ Update: Our Discussion with Luidmilla Alexeeva

MARCH 11, 2013 On March 2, 2013, UCSJ President Larry Lerner and International Director Leonid Stonov had an hour long Skype discussion with the Chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), Luidmilla Alexeeva. Alexeeva is a long-term partner of UCSJ. She arrived in the US on March 1, 2013, after being invited by Senator Benjamin […]