DRAMATIC DECREASE IN UKRAINIAN ANTI-SEMITISM (2014)

  The dramatic decrease in Ukrainian anti-Semitism has not been reported in the press. Vladimir Putin and the Russian propaganda machine have depicted rampant anti-Semitism in Ukraine and has used this as one of the justifications for their invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. One of the beneficial outcomes of the Maydan Revolution has been […]

Ukraine’s pagan pro-Russian rebels dream of a new Eden

Lily Hyde, Donetsk A pro-Russia militia in Ukraine has ambitions far beyond the ousting of the Kiev government In a grassy clearing in rebel-held east Ukraine, pagan Slavic supremacists in battledress, some cradling Kalashnikovs, raised their arms around a bonfire and prayed for victory over Russia’s enemies. Carved wooden idols representing pre-Christian Slavic gods overlooked […]

Veteran Human Rights Group Abandons Most Operations in Russia

    The Moscow Helsinki Group, an organization that has campaigned for human rights in Russia since Soviet times, announced on Monday that it has folded most operations in the country due to funding issues. “We’ve cut projects to a bare minimum. You could say we’re simply surviving,” the organization’s chairwoman Lyudmila Alexeyeva said, Interfax reported. The group has suspended its educational program, sacked 10 […]

From Lugansk to Code Red in Ashdod

  “Once the war began, the Israeli consul in Lugansk helped us leave Ukraine. We had passports, and soon we received assistance from The Jewish Agency and the organization “Ezra.” They even escorted us to the plane which brought us to Israel. They secured us entirely, everything was very smooth and organized, and I thank […]

At Russian Business Daily ‘Vedomosti,’ Gloom Over New Media Legislation

  By Tom Balmforth September 26, 2014 MOSCOW — It looked business as usual in the newsroom of the Russian daily “Vedomosti,” located in a converted furniture factory where the salmon pink walls match the signature color of the newspaper’s pages. Some journalists chatted on mobile phones. Three employees huddled around a computer and shared […]

Report: Director General of Jewish Business Club Osher Shot Dead in Moscow

  Sergey Sladkov, the Director General of Osher, a Russian-Jewish business club, was found dead in Moscow this morning, LifeNews, a Russian news website, reported on Wednesday. Sladkov was shot 19 times at close range through the windshield of his Jeep “Grand Cherokee” car and died instantly, according to the report. His body was found […]

Widespread Enforced Disappearances and Torture in Turkmenistan: New reports call for immediate action to ‘Prove They Are Alive!’

  Widespread Enforced Disappearances and Torture in Turkmenistan: New reports call for immediate action to ‘Prove They Are Alive!’ September 24, 2014 PRESS RELEASE 24 SEPTEMBER, WARSAW— The ‘Prove They Are Alive!’ campaign, led by an international coalition of human rights groups, held a briefing today at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization […]

Unable to flee, elderly Jews remain behind in eastern Ukraine

  DNIPROPETROVSK – More than 1,600 elderly Jews are either unable or unwilling to leave the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the director of the local branch of a local welfare organization. Lyudmila Saprikina, the head of the Donetsk branch of Hesed, which cares for Jewish senior citizens throughout the former […]

CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration?

    CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration? By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All 1,546 religious communities in Crimea which had state registration with the Ukrainian authorities are being required to re-register under Russian law by 1 January 2015 if they wish to retain legal status. A wide range of communities have complained […]

Larry Lerner teaches Brotherhood about UCSJ, describes Ukrainian trip

  Larry Lerner teaches Brotherhood about UCSJ, describes Ukrainian trip   At the TBB Brotherhood brunch on September 7, Rabbi Lerner introduced a presentation by his father, Larry Lerner, a respected legal counsel and president of the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, also known as ‘Soviet Jewry’ (thus ‘UCSJ’).   The […]