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Ukrainian Jews Worry About Rise of the Svoboda Party and Antisemitism

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Marching in formation, six young men in dark jackets approach an anti-government rally in Cherkasy, a city some 125 miles southeast of Kiev. At the appointed moment, they remove their windbreakers to reveal white T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Beat the kikes.” Their jackets carry the name of Svoboda, the ultranationalist […]

Ukrainian Christian Receives Tolerance Award for Saving a Rural Synagogue

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A Ukrainian Christian who saved a dilapidated rural synagogue was honored at an interaith forum in Kiev. Boris Slobodnyuk of Satanov received the forum’s 2013 Crystal Noah Tolerance Award on Tuesday at the Kiev Interfaith Forum for guarding the 500-year-old Stanovskaya synagogue in western Ukraine and initiating renovation work there. For […]

UCSJ Accomplishment: Lviv Director Meylakh Sheykhet

On April 12, 2013 the Board of the Scientists and Methodists of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine approved “THE PROGRAM FOR THE REGENERATION OF THE FORMER JEWISH QUARTER IN L’VIV (FEDOROVA ST. – ARSENALSKA ST. – STAROYEVREYSKA ST. – BRATIV ROHATYNTSIV ST.)” developed by the State Enterprise “UKRZAKHIDPROEKTRESTAVRACIJA”. Ordered by the Representation to Ukraine […]

Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture (Amnesty International Press Release)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   PRESS RELEASE   Embargoed until 0900 GMT, 11 April 2013 Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture The Ukrainian authorities must  seize the current political opportunity  to stop the high level of torture and other ill treatment being carried out by its police force by creating a genuinely independent, impartial […]

Anti-Semitic Protesters Injure Opposition

JTA – Several people were injured after protesters displayed anti-Semitic slogans at a political rally in Ukraine. The April 6 rally in Cherkasy, a city situated 100 miles southeast of Kiev, turned violent after six men took off their jackets to reveal T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “Beat the kikes” and “Svoboda,” the name of a Ukrainian […]

Numerous Anti-Semitic Incidents Have Been Reported Throughout Eastern Europe in Recent Days

(JTA) — A string of anti-Semitic events and incidents have been recorded in Ukraine, Poland and Hungary in recent days. A swastika and neo-Nazi symbols was spray-painted last week on a monument in Mykolaiv, near Odessa, to the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. In Kiev, anti-Semitic flyers on Monday were placed on a synagogue […]

UCSJ Ukraine Bureau Director Promotes Jewish Cultural Preservation in Lviv, Officials Respond

Recently, officials in Lviv, Ukraine have announced that they will no longer use Jewish headstones as paving materials. In 1947, Soviet authorities built a local market using Jewish headstones as pavement for it. Meylakh Sheykhet, UCSJ’s Ukraine Bureau Director, was instrumental in lobbying for the headstones’ removal. The gravestones will be transferred to the only remaining […]

Pakistani Citizen Attacked in Kyiv

On January 25th, in the Troyeshina district of Kyiv, a citizen of Pakistan was attacked by a group of three young men. One was wearing black mask. Не hit the victim on the head and after the man fell down started to kick him. Another person without a mask assisted him. A third one was standing […]

Ukraine’s Three Most Generous Philanthropists are Jewish

(JTA) — Ukraine’s three most generous philanthropists are Jewish, according to a local business magazine. In ranking the country’s top 10 charitable donors for 2012, the Lviv-based Galytski Kontrakty weekly put 46-year-old businessman Rinat Akhmetov in the top slot for giving the equivalent of $19 million to build an oncology research center. Akhmetov, the son of a […]

Former Ukrainian Security Official Sentenced to Life in Prison for Journalist’s Death

(The New York Times) MOSCOW — A Ukrainian court sentenced a former security official to life in prison on Tuesday for the death of Georgy Gongadze, a journalist whose mysterious death in 2000 provoked an international outcry and helped set off protests against the president at the time, Leonid D. Kuchma. The former security official, Gen. Olexey Pukach, […]