Russia: Human Rights Climate Unrecognizable from a Decade Ago

(Moscow) – Dramatic deterioration in the past decade has made Russia’s human rights landscape virtually unrecognizable, Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said at a news conference in Moscow today. Roth is on his first visit to the country since May 2005.  “Starting in the early 2000s, many in Russia have been wary about […]

RUSSIA: Bans on more literature, website and video

Russian courts have banned more Muslim literature and a video on the ownership of Orthodox saints’ relics as “extremist”, Forum 18 News Service notes. They have also banned a US-based Russian language website with the text of a hadith collection held by Sunni Muslims to be the most important Islamic book after the Koran. Ravil […]

Choice of Jew as Ukrainian parliament speaker won’t have direct impact on community

“I think that it is just another proof that Ukraine is a normal multi-cultural society,” Ukrainian chief rabbi tells the Post. A vote by Ukraine’s parliament to confirm a Jew as speaker will not have a large direct impact on Ukrainian Jewry, sources within Kiev’s local community told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Volodymyr Groysman, […]

Russia’s Extremism Law Violates Human Rights

By Katrina Lantos Swett, Robert P. George Nov. 26 2014 20:25 Last edited 20:26 Last Friday, a video deemed offensive to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church was ruled “extremist” by a city court in Vladimir. While Alexander Soldatov — chief editor of Credo.ru, the website that posted the offending video — now […]

Ukrainian Jewish fighter touted as ‘hero, symbol of resistance’ to Russia

With his gray beard, AK-47 assault rifle and camouflage fatigues, Asher Joseph Cherkassky looks like an Eastern European version of Fidel Castro. But Cherkassky’s look is no attempt to emulate the Cuban revolutionary or any of his bearded associates. Rather, it is the result of his being an Orthodox Jew who is also a fighter […]

More Than 1 Million People in Russia Live as Slaves, Study Finds

An Australian-based human rights group has estimated 1.05 million people in Russia live as slaves. The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people worldwide were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labor. Releasing its second annual index, Walk Free increased its estimate […]

Limmud FSU goes back to Galicia, to build a Jewish future

LVIV, Ukraine — They were driven out of their homes, communities and traditional ways of life by a vicious war machine with genocidal ambitions. These Jews headed east and west, north and south, surviving that most terrible of tragedies. Then they rose from the ashes, their numbers greatly reduced, in a cultural renaissance that brought […]

Russian rabbi slams demand that Jews condemn Ukrainian oligarch

(JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi accused the country’s Communist Party of “vulgar and primitive anti-Semitism” after it demanded that Russian Jews condemn a Ukrainian Jewish oligarch. Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a spokesman for and adviser to Rabbi Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, on Wednesday said the request in a letter from two Communist […]

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 […]

Russians accuse Kiev of hiding crimes against Jews

Jewish leaders from Odessa have disputed the reports of anti-Semitic attacks, stating that no such incidents had occurred and that they had not experienced any rise in anti-Semitism. Pushing back against accusations that it is inflating the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Ukraine as part of the conflict between the two countries, Russia last week asserted […]