Moroccan jailed for killing Jewish physician in Ukraine

(JTA) — A Moroccan man who killed a Jewish physician in Ukraine was sentenced to 15 years in jail after a court of appeals reversed his acquittal. Shakeeb Otman from Casablanca was sent to jail on July 22 for the premeditated murder of Leon Fraifeld, an orthopedic surgeon from the city of Lviv in western Ukraine on […]

Power Player: The Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Vladimir Schlapentokh From the beginning of his rule, Vladimir V. Putin has assumed that his ability to govern Russia was highly dependent on the strength of the ideological justification of his power. Indeed, he was never elected according to even elementary democratic standards. For this reason, the state’s ideology was of primary importance in […]

World leaders demand answers after airliner downed over Ukraine with 298 dead

by Anton Zverev (Reuters) – World leaders called for a rapid investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine and justice for nearly 300 deaths that could mark a pivotal moment in deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. As Ukraine sought to rally international support against Russia, two U.S. officials […]

In Crimea, churches say Russia is placing new restrictions on them

by Peter Kenny Russian officials who seized control of Crimea from Ukraine are placing new restrictions on churches and Islamic institutions there, a Scandinavian news service in freedom of religion and belief reports. Since March, when Russian annexed Crimea places of worship and individuals of some faiths (including followers of Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the […]

Grave Crime

News that the mass grave of thousands of slain Jewish men, women, and children was ransacked by Ukrainians in their lust after fabled riches, cannot but churn the stomachs of even those most inured to evidence of enduring Judeophobia. In one of his most memorable rebukes (2 Kings 21, 19), the Prophet Elijah asked: “Have […]

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months. A new briefing, Abductions and Torture in Eastern Ukraine, details the findings of a research trip to Kyiv and south-eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. It documents allegations […]

Kiev Is Full of Hope — Yes, Even for Jews

by David E. Fishman On a recent Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Kiev, I noticed a few peculiarities — due certainly to the undeclared state of war between Russia and Ukraine for the past three months. The check-in agent at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport called security to report that an American named Fishman was flying to […]

Robbers raid Holocaust victims’ mass grave in Ukraine

(JTA) — Grave robbers in Ukraine raided the final resting place of Jews executed en masse during the Holocaust, a Kiev-based watchdog on anti-Semitism reported. The raid occurred on June 20 near Volodymyr-Volynsky, a western city located just north of Lviv, according to the Jewish Kiev group, which monitors anti-Semitic attacks in Ukraine. Grave robbers raided […]

Ukraine signs historic EU trade pact sparking Russia ire

by Tom Parfitt Ukraine signed a landmark economic trade pact with the European Union on Friday prompting a furious response from the Kremlin, even as talks were extended over a peace plan to stop violence in the country’s eastern regions. Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, signed the accord at a ceremony in Brussels, calling […]

ECHR finds rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses violated in Russia

MOSCOW, June 26 (RAPSI, Oleg Panfilov) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held Thursday that Russia violated the rights of members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow during armed police raid in 2006. The court found that Russia has violated Article 5 (Rights to liberty and security) and 9 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion) […]