RUSSIA: Two “extremism” bans overturned – but bans, fines continue

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service, and Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service A Krasnodar court has overturned a ban on a popular Russian translation of the Koran (though the court has still not issued the written ruling), while a Tver court has overturned a ban in Russia on the main Jehovah’s Witness international […]

Statement by Leonid Finberg on Euromaidan

We are hardly surprised by lies lately. Repressive laws, aimed to curtail citizens’ rights and freedoms, that were illegitimately passed by a parliamentary majority are called “developing democracy.” The murderers of Maidan activists are protected by the senile Prime Minister, who publicly stated that it was “a provocation by the opposition.” These odious lies include […]

Once more, Ukraine’s dreams of freedom are crushed by Moscow

by Con Coughlin I have fond memories of covering Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004, despite having to stand in sub-zero temperatures for hours on end. For those of us in Kiev’s Independence Square, there was a palpable sense that history was being made. The star of the show back then was Viktor Yushchenko, the populist pro-Western […]

American Jews provide social services in former Soviet Union

It’s cold in the former Soviet Union. With the temperature in Moscow standing at -25 degrees Celsius, many elderly Jews cannot even afford fuel to heat their homes. Between the harsh weather and the equally harsh economic climate, many are suffering, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The JDC has just launched its […]

Kiev clashes spur cancellation of annual Holocaust memorial

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Kiev-clashes-spur-cancellation-of-annual-Holocaust-memorial-339192 Amid fatal clashes between police and demonstrators in Kiev, Jewish community representatives canceled an annual Holocaust remembrance event in the Ukraine capital out of safety concerns. Some 400 Jews were expected to attend the event on Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the Brodsky Synagogue, according to Eduard Dolinsky, the executive director of […]

RUSSIA: Religion, schools and the right to choose

By Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service Russian state schools offer sharply different interpretations of the religion and ethics course introduced in September 2012, Forum 18 News Service notes in a comprehensive analysis of the current situation. In one Siberian school, only the Orthodox Culture module was offered as a headteacher claimed “we live in […]

VAAD Ukraine Statement on Current Situation in Kyiv

VAAD Ukraine expresses its deep concern about the anti-Semitic attacks that took place in Kyiv in January: the attacks on a Yeshiva (a Jewish religious school) teacher and student who were leaving the Podil Rozenberg synagogue after prayer. We demand that law enforcement bodies adequately determine the nature of these crimes (including their motives of […]

Security Report: Tsarnaev Sought Insurgents Near 2014 Olympic Site

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/security-report-tsarnaev-sought-insurgents-near-2014-olympic-site/2014/01/21/   When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred last April 15, most commentators split along two positions. The first position was that it was an act of foreign terrorism. The second, and this one grew louder and stronger, was that this was a vicious act by a “lone wolf” whose religion and ideology […]

Rights Groups Criticize Moscow’s Ban On U.S. Journalist

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-satter-rights-groups-criticism/25232382.html Rights organizations have been criticizing Russia’s banning of a U.S. journalist from the country for five years. Reporters Without Borders said on January 16 that it was “shocked” by Moscow’s decision to ban David Satter for overstaying his visa “especially as the offense seems to have been the result of the foreign ministry’s own […]