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) […]

For Kyiv archbishop, a rotating fast for peace in Ukraine will be held after the Synod

Moscow (AsiaNews) - The 87th Plenary Assembly of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO) opened today until Thursday when an audience with Pope Francis will bring the meeting to a close. As expected, the event will focus on the crises in Syria and Iraq, but it will also look at the situation of […]

Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Oleksandr Feldman menaced in Kiev

(JTA) — Oleksandr Feldman, a Ukrainian lawmaker and Jewish leader, said he was threatened in Kiev by uniformed men who hurled anti-Semitic insults at him. Feldman, president of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, told police that the unidentified men surrounded his car on June 17 near the parliament building, Ukrainian Jewish Committee director Eduard Dolinsky told […]

Lithuanian rescuers of Jews declared freedom fighters

(JTA) — Lithuania’s Parliament passed an amendment recognizing Holocaust-era rescuers of Jews as freedom fighters. The amendment, which entitles the families of rescuers to special state pensions, passed Tuesday by a majority of 72 lawmakers present, the news site 15min. lt reported. The Jewish Community of Lithuania praised the vote. “Finally, the Lithuanian government has expressed […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years’ imprisonment

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Four of the 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses on criminal trial in Taganrog and both the Muslim women whose criminal trial in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is imminent face up to six years’ imprisonment each if convicted. All have been accused of organising an “extremist” religious community banned by […]

Jewish Voices From the Front Lines of Donetsk

A few months ago, Donetsk was a bustling industrial city, with a thriving economy as eastern Ukraine’s capital of coal and steel industries. A mere two-hour drive from the Russian border, Donetsk today has become a no-man’s zone of sorts, as the fighting between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces escalates and as the city residents either […]

Kyiv Greek Catholic archbishop tells “Orthodox brothers” not to believe propaganda, look at the truth

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, tensions are getting worse between local Catholics and the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, which continues to denounce the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine for its alleged involvement with Western policy vis-à-vis Russia. In making an appeal for reconciliation through AsiaNews, the Major Archbishop of Kyiv, Sviatoslav […]

Holocaust Museum Urges Ukraine To Examine Its History of Anti-Semitism

by Nathan Guttman   As Ukraine grapples with political upheaval and threats to its territorial integrity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is confronting the country’s post-revolution government with another, no less difficult challenge: contending with its past treatment of Jews. The museum has urged the new government in Kiev to set up an international […]

An Open Letter to the Patriarch of Moscow

by George Wiegel http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/an-open-letter-to-the-patriarch-of-moscow   His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Danilov Monastery 115191 Moscow RUSSIA Your Holiness: Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering with pleasure our meeting in Washington some years ago, I am prompted to write by what I once hoped was a common concern for the […]