Israeli Ambassador Unaware of Politcal Prisoners in Belarus

The new Israeli Ambassador does not know there are political prisoners in Belarus. On February 15 at his press-conference in Minsk the new Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Yosef Shagal stated that he knows nothing about existence of political prisoners in Belarus. “I am a citizen of Israel, we do not have political prisoners. As for […]

An Interview with International Director, Leonid Stonov

When and where were you born? Moscow, USSR 1931 How did you get involved with human rights in the Soviet Union? Ever since I was a child I was interested in politics, and I even wanted to study humanities in history. But before I graduated high school, my father was arrested. He was accused of […]

Report: January, 2012

By Daniil Meshcheryakov, Executive Director of the Moscow Helsinki Group Politically active groups continued to advocate for a nationalist agenda within the broader protest movement. In recent discussions organized by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation called “The Nationalist threat in Russia: Trends, Prospects and Countermeasures” the results of 2011 were discussed, including the […]

UCSJ Preserves Jewish Heritage

“‘Lviv is known in the world not because of hotels but because of its common  cultural heritage,’ said Meylakh Sheykhet, who heads Lviv’s Jewish community.  Sheykhet is part of a group that filed several lawsuits to stop construction of  the hotel.” http://www.kyivpost.com/news/guide/general/detail/96873/#ixzz1lLgL8x2P “Meylakh Sheykhet, Ukraine’s representative in the Union of Councils for Jews in  the […]

Setbacks for democrats and multi-culturalists

State obstruction will keep the Russian democratic party of the ballot this year. They were required to collect two million signatures, which they did, but since a portion were scanned and not originals–something they had to restort to to meet the dealine–their entire petition was discarded. Putin’s party will benefit as a result: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/yavlinsky-says-yabloko-is-in-the-right/452038.html This is […]

Bittersweet freedom

12/08/2011 14:42   By ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN A memoir about a brave, doomed refusenik and her courageous American friend. Photo Courtesy of the Kitrossky family Moscow in the 1980s was a grim and dangerous place where talking to an American on the street was enough to attract the unwanted attention of the KGB. This is […]

Statement of Solidarity

Union of Councils expresses solidarity with democratic forces in Russia who strongly protest against the falsification of parliamentary election results. Today, big rallies in Moscow, Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, and many other cities and towns across Russia showed that Russian civil society not only exists, but is fighting for democratization and political-economic reforms. We support the […]

Violence in Lviv

LVIV, UKRAINE – Several young men have beaten up a student from Moroссo in a central city street. The attack happened suddenly. The victim and witness suggest that the attack was motivated by racial hatred. The police refused to accept the statement, because nobody in the nearest police station understood English. Policemen refused the translation of […]