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Russian gay rights leader takes hit for anti-Semitic tweets

(JTA) — One of Russia’s most prominent gay rights activists made anti-Semitic statements on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. The tweets appeared last week on Nikolai Alexeyev’s account in connection with an article about him in OUT Magazine. Alexeyev re-tweeted comments calling the author of the article, Michael Lucas, a “Jewish pig” and “Israeli monkey,” […]

The Extremism and Xenophobia of Ukraine’s Svoboda (Freedom) Party

by Leonid Stonov, International Director August 2013 More than half a year has passed since the nationalist, right-wing, extremist party “Svoboda” (“Freedom”) became one of the main Ukrainian parties that crossed the parliamentary barrier and had a representative in a high position – vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament). What has happened to Ukraine? […]

Cross Defaced Opposite Grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman, Ukraine

(JTA) — A cross near the gravesite of a Jewish sage in Uman, Ukraine, was defaced with a Hebrew inscription. Hebrew graffiti was discovered Aug. 12 on a cross opposite the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the 18th century founder of the Breslov hasidic movement, the Ukrainian news site allday.in.ua reported “To exact vengeance on the […]

Russian Human Rights Council Reviewing Jewish Teacher’s Sentence

Ilya Farber, a Jewish schoolteacher, recently was sentenced to seven years in labor camp and fined a large sum after being convicted of corruption. Many believe his trial was unfair and that he was persecuted for his Jewish background. The prosecutor in Farber’s initial trial said to the jury “Is it possible for a person […]

Rabbi Shot In Russia Discharged from Israeli Hospital

JTA reports that shot Chabad rabbi has been released from Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tivkah after having surgery to repair his liver. Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov, 40, was shot on July 24th while heading home in Derbent. Authorities believe it was an antisemitic attack by Muslim extremists. Isakov intends to return to Derbent as […]

Shot Dagestan Rabbi in Stable Condition

The Times of Israel has reported that Ovadia Isakov, a Chabad rabbi, was in serious but stable condition after being shot by a suspected terrorist in Russia on Thursday. Isakov is the chief rabbi of Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan. Russia’s Investigative Committee stated that Isakov’s overt Jewish identity “is among the possible motives investigators are […]

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 […]

Anti-Semitic Ukrainian Party Leaders Banned from U.S.

JTA — Two leaders of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Svoboda Party have been banned from entering the United States for their open anti-Semitism, a Ukrainian daily reported. Svoboda leaders Oleh Tyahnybok and Igor Miroshnichenko were declared persona non grata in the United States earlier this year, following talks with Jewish leaders including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, according […]

New Memorial Complex to Be Built at Babi Yar Massacre Site

The World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews (WFRJ) announced on Sunday that a new memorial complex will be built at Babi Yar, the Ukrainian site in which approximately 50,000 Jews were massacred by Nazis during the Holocaust, The Times of Israel reports.  WRFJ President Alexander Levin presented a model of the memorial, which will include a […]

Human Right Watch– “Foreign Agents” Law Hits Hundreds of NGOs: Updated June 10, 2013

From Human Rights Watch– Starting in early March 2013 the Russian government launched a nationwide campaign of inspections of nongovernmental organizations, unprecedented in its scale and scope. The inspections were highly extensive, disruptive, invasive, and often intimidating. To date, hundreds of organizations in different regions of Russia have been subject to such inspections; most have […]