Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in Ukraine

Human rights advocates on xenophobia in Ukraine: situation stable; some factors cause for concern The National Minority Rights Monitoring Group has published the quarterly midline report on manifestations of xenophobia in Ukraine in July-September 2015. According to the results of the Group’s monitoring of minority rights violations, xenophobia, and hate crimes, the situation in Ukraine […]

Weekly Update

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 2 October 2015 HRO.org in English  Sergei Lukashevsky: ‘It is not fitting for an organization that bears the name of Sakharov to blacken its own reputation’ Liudmila Alekseeva asks Putin to finally abolish ‘foreign agent’ law Liudmila Alekseeva: I want to ask the president a question Statement by Memorial Human Rights […]

Dear Mr. Putin, God Won’t Forgive You For This. Signed, Oleg Kashin

“I decided to take the conversation to a slightly different level,” journalist Oleg Kashin says about his decision to publish A Letter To The Leaders Of The Russian Federation. By Carl Schreck October 06, 2015 In 1973, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn sent a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev denouncing, […]

Moscow Helsinki Committee Speech on Receiving the Vaclev Havel Award Prize: Translation

Strasbourg 28, 2015 In our country the human rights movement was born a half a century ago.  I am proud and happy that since the very beginning of this movement I took the proactive role in its development.  Human rights and protection of human dignity became my life-time project.  It is the story of my […]

Kosher Kingpin Launches Halel Meat Empire

He’s cornered the Jewish market. Now Pinhas Slobodnik is expanding his empire to Muslims — 11 percent of Russia’s populace BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ October 5, 2015 MOSCOW (JTA) — At Russia’s largest kosher food factory, owner Pinhas Slobodnik welcomes his Muslim workers with a greeting in Arabic that he pronounces in a thick Russian accent. Some 120 […]

Russian rabbi: Flagging of Jewish group adding to community’s insecurity

September 29, 2015 (JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi condemned the government’s listing of a Jewish welfare group as a foreign agent, calling it part of a policy which is making Jews insecure of their future in Russia. Boruch Gorin, a Chabad rabbi who acts as a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and as […]

Anti-Zionist Book Launches Hate Campaign in the Soviet Union

September 21, 1977 NEW YORK (Sep. 20) A new assault on Zionism by a Soviet “expert” has set off a recent wave of vociferous anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist attacks in the Soviet press and news media, it was reported by the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. The basis for this was the recent publication […]

Lithuania’s first street honoring Holocaust Righteous unveiled in Vilnius

(JTA) – Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius unveiled the sign of the first street in Lithuania named for a non-Jew who risked her life to save Jews from the Holocaust. The Sept. 22 ceremony was at Simaites Street, where a heavily Jewish crowd of several dozen people convened to honor Ona Šimaitė, a Vilnius University librarian […]