At Russian Business Daily ‘Vedomosti,’ Gloom Over New Media Legislation

  By Tom Balmforth September 26, 2014 MOSCOW — It looked business as usual in the newsroom of the Russian daily “Vedomosti,” located in a converted furniture factory where the salmon pink walls match the signature color of the newspaper’s pages. Some journalists chatted on mobile phones. Three employees huddled around a computer and shared […]

Report: Director General of Jewish Business Club Osher Shot Dead in Moscow

  Sergey Sladkov, the Director General of Osher, a Russian-Jewish business club, was found dead in Moscow this morning, LifeNews, a Russian news website, reported on Wednesday. Sladkov was shot 19 times at close range through the windshield of his Jeep “Grand Cherokee” car and died instantly, according to the report. His body was found […]

Widespread Enforced Disappearances and Torture in Turkmenistan: New reports call for immediate action to ‘Prove They Are Alive!’

  Widespread Enforced Disappearances and Torture in Turkmenistan: New reports call for immediate action to ‘Prove They Are Alive!’ September 24, 2014 PRESS RELEASE 24 SEPTEMBER, WARSAW— The ‘Prove They Are Alive!’ campaign, led by an international coalition of human rights groups, held a briefing today at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization […]

Unable to flee, elderly Jews remain behind in eastern Ukraine

  DNIPROPETROVSK – More than 1,600 elderly Jews are either unable or unwilling to leave the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the director of the local branch of a local welfare organization. Lyudmila Saprikina, the head of the Donetsk branch of Hesed, which cares for Jewish senior citizens throughout the former […]

CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration?

    CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration? By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All 1,546 religious communities in Crimea which had state registration with the Ukrainian authorities are being required to re-register under Russian law by 1 January 2015 if they wish to retain legal status. A wide range of communities have complained […]

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 […]

Rights activist reports on Ukraine’s Jews

Rights activist reports on Ukraine’s Jews Communities safe but under economic stress, says Larry Lerner by Robert Wiener NJJN Staff Writer September 3, 2014 Veteran peace and human rights advocate Larry Lerner came home from a mission to Ukraine on Aug. 25 with some optimistic news. “We got the feeling that anti-Semitism had dropped considerably […]

CRIMEA: Enforced departure of Turkish imams; FSB surveillance

    CRIMEA: Enforced departure of Turkish imams; FSB surveillance By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All but five of 23 Turkish imams and religious teachers invited by the Crimean Muftiate under a 20-year-old programme have been forced to leave Crimea as Russia’s Federal Migration Service refused to extend their residence permits. The rest […]

Russia Must Recognize Ukraine Rebels’ Human Rights Abuses

Author(s): Ole Solvang During a news conference in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized laws-of-war violations by Ukrainian government forces, referring to a Human Rights Watch report I wrote about the government’s unlawful use of unguided rockets in populated areas. Since Lavrov is concerned about laws-of-war violations, there are other issues he should be […]

American-Jewish Human Rights Organization Visits Kyiv

A working visit of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry (UCSJ) to Kyiv took place on August 17-20. The delegation included UCSJ President and Executive Director Larry Lerner, Director of International Bureaus and Activities Leonid Stonov, Board of Directors member Dr. Joel Sandberg, and noted political scientist Stephen Eric Bronner. The visit was prepared […]