NGOs in Russia Could be Labeled ‘Foreign Agents’ Without Their Consent

President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Justice Ministry to register nongovernmental organizations as “foreign agents” without their consent, Interfax reported Wednesday. A law that entered into force in 2012 required all NGOs engaged in “political activity” to formally register as “foreign agents.” The designation itself carries strong, negative associations with Cold War-era espionage. Furthermore, any NGO registering as a foreign agent is required […]

For Ukrainian Jews, far-right’s electoral defeat is proof that Putin lied

(JTA) — To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia […]

Soviet practice of psychiatric evaluation of political criminals reemerges in Russia today

UCSJ STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF RUSSIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST Mrs. TATYANA KOTLYAR With nearly 50 years of involvement, the UCSJ has extensive experience in supporting human rights activists in the former Soviet Union.  After years of such experience, UCSJ has observed that too often in Russian history, authorities have persecuted brave, honest, heroic, and innocent people […]

Report: Armed men threatened to burn down Ukrainian rabbi’s home

(JTA) — Armed, masked men threatened to burn down the house of one of Ukraine’s chief rabbis, a spokeswoman from his office said. The incident outside the Kiev-area residence of Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich occurred on May 23 at 1:30 a.m., Inna Yoffe, the executive director of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, told Ukrainian media […]

Israel rescues Ukrainian Jews stranded by fighting

Israel’s Jewish Agency came to the rescue of two Jewish Ukranian families after rebels seized control of Donetsk airport as they were waiting to immigrate to Israel, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.The two families, numbering six people, were stranded at the airport when it was shut down on Monday. The agency then launched a […]

Ukraine’s Jewish leaders celebrate electoral defeat of far right

(JTA) — Jewish leaders in Ukraine expressed satisfaction with the poor showing of ultranationalist candidates in the country’s presidential elections and the victory by oligarch Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko, from Odessa, won 54.4 percent of Sunday’s vote, eliminating the need for a second round, the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission announced Tuesday after counting 94 percent of […]

May 18- 20 in Ukraine

May 18 – 2191 international observers will be monitoring presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25th… May 18 – During the night of May 18th, a motor convoy led by the terrorists is preparing to transport a special load from Ukraine to Russia. “In particular, bodies of terrorists, killed during the fights with Ukrainian soldiers […]

Shaken by Ukraine’s turmoil, Kiev Jews form self-defense force

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — At an empty Chabad school near the banks of the Dnieper River here in Ukraine’s capital city, six uniformed Jews with handguns and bulletproof vests are practicing urban warfare. Leading the May 21 training is a brawny man who at irregular intervals barks Hebrew-language commands at the men to test their […]

At a conference in Kiev, Western writers and thinkers offer support to Ukraine

by Elizabeth Pond https://ip-journal.dgap.org/en/blog/eye-europe/words-encouragementThey came to celebrate, to mourn, and to warn. Over five days in mid-May global glitterati gathered in Kiev to hail the moral victory of Ukraine’s new democrats on Independence Square, the Maidan, who stood their ground even after government snipers killed more than 70 of those protesting the rule by crony […]