Rights Groups Criticize Moscow’s Ban On U.S. Journalist

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-satter-rights-groups-criticism/25232382.html Rights organizations have been criticizing Russia’s banning of a U.S. journalist from the country for five years. Reporters Without Borders said on January 16 that it was “shocked” by Moscow’s decision to ban David Satter for overstaying his visa “especially as the offense seems to have been the result of the foreign ministry’s own […]

Jewish school teacher beaten in Ukraine

The CEO of the World Jewish Congress said on Wednesday that the beating of a Jewish man in Kiev, Ukraine, which local leaders believe was sparked by anti-Semitism, was a “vicious act that must not go unpunished.” The statement from Robert Singer came shortly before prominent Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Oleksandr Feldman called for a security […]

Nobel Laureates Urge Putin to Abolish Anti-Gay Law

LONDON (AP) — Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia’s president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation. The letter — published Tuesday by the Independent newspaper — comes in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, which have been the focus […]

Moscow expels Putin critic US journalist for coverage of Ukraine protests

U.S. journalist David Satter, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Jan. 13 he had been banned from the country in one of the first such expulsions since the Cold War. Satter, a former Financial Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent who published three books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, had been living and working in the […]

Hebrew teacher assaulted in possible anti-Semitic attack in Kiev

(JTA) A Hebrew teacher in Kiev was assaulted in what Jewish community representatives described as a rare and violent anti-Semitic attack. Four men ambushed the Israel-born teacher, Hillel Wertheimer, on Saturday night at his apartment building after following him home from synagogue services, according to Joseph Zissels, chairman of the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations […]

Fury Over Biographical Stalin Calendar Published by Orthodox Church

by Anna Dolgov A publishing house run by the Russian Orthodox Church has released a 2014 calendar devoted to Josef Stalin, unleashing a flurry of indignation among Russian bloggers and a discussion about the Church’s ties to the former Soviet dictator. The calendar, published by the Moscow-based patriarchal printing house of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius monastery, presents pictures of Stalin, accompanied by excerpts from his biography. The photographs show Stalin […]

Despite prisoner amnesty, oppressive Russia escalating harassment of dissenters

by Jane Buchanan, Human Rights Watch The world’s attention has been captivated in recent days by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he will pardon businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky. This came a day after parliament adopted an amnesty that will free the two imprisoned Pussy Riot band members’ and charges were dropped against the Artic 30 […]

Journalists Persecuted by Judges in Rostov-On-Don

The release of Mikhail Khodorkovski, Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists must not divert attention from the many other threats to fundamental freedoms in Russia Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the judicial harassment of journalists critical of the authorities in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don. Sergei Reznik, a well-known journalist and blogger, has been sentenced to […]