Shots fired at Yekaterinburg synagogue in Russia

(JTA) — Shots were fired at the synagogue of Yekaterinburg, the Russian Jewish Congress said, breaking windows but not injuring anyone. At least two bullets hit the building housing the synagogue on Monday, according to the Russian Jewish Congress team that monitors anti-Semitism. No one was hurt, Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian […]

Report: Ukrainian police tortured, urinated on Jewish man

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA) – Investigators in Lviv are looking into claims that two policemen assaulted and urinated on a Jewish man as part of an anti-Semitic attack, Ukrainian media reported. The alleged victim, Dmitry Flekman, 28, told the Ukrainian newspaper Segondiya that two men, who identified themselves as police but did not give their names, […]

The Children of Refuseniks Report From the Frontlines of Putin’s Russia

http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/138356/the-children-of-refuseniks-report-from-the-frontlines-of-putin%E2%80%99s-russia July 19, 2013 Yesterday’s sentencing of Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was just the latest in a steady stream of blows to the democracy that President Vladimir Putin has ruled with near-dictatorial authority for more than a decade.  Navalny, an anticorruption activist, was given a 5-year prison sentence for what most observers say […]

Putin Refuses To Let the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Library Leave Moscow

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/143902/moscow-putin-lubavitcher-library?all=1 By Avital Chizhik There was something surprisingly calm about the tiny Brooklyn courtyard of 770 Eastern Parkway, the address of the international headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch. Groups of Hasidic men passed by talking, clutching cellphones, laughing, carrying boxes of books. One morning this past March, I knocked on a heavy wooden door; someone inside the building […]

Putin supporters nominate Russian leader for Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his extravagant animal adventures and standing up against the West, could be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. A group of his supporters have announced their nomination of the president for the prestigious prize. Why Putin? Beslan Kobakhia, vice president of the Academy of Spiritual Unity and […]

With eyes on neighbors, Azerbaijan and Israel intensify ties

BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA) — With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea. The Azerbaijani president has been in office since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected, extending the […]

Alleged gunman in rabbi shooting killed in Russia

(JTA) — The alleged shooter of a rabbi in southern Russia was killed in a raid by Russian security forces. Sherif Akhmedov was one of five suspected extremists killed last week in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement issued Friday, according to international […]

A state of the art, $5m synagogue in Siberia

from http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/111738/a-state-art-5m-synagogue-siberia It takes a five-hour flight from Moscow over the empty expanses of Sibera to reach Novosibirsk, a city known to outsiders mainly as a curious stopover on the Trans-Siberian railway. But the city has a secret: a Jewish community centre to make shul-goers across the world green with envy. In late August, the Jews […]

Jewish ex-con defeats Putin’s man in local mayoral race

(JTA) — A Jewish anti-drugs campaigner defeated the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his election to mayor of Russia’s fourth-largest city. Yevgeny Roizman, 50, beat the ruling United Russia Party candidate in a mayoral election last week in Yekaterinburg, a city of 1.4 million people in the industrial belt of the Ural Mountains […]

Synagogue revamped in late Lubavitcher rebbe’s Ukrainian hometown

(JTA) — The Jewish community of Nikolayev in southern Ukraine has renovated and rededicated its century-old synagogue. Hundreds of Jews attended the rededication ceremony earlier this month to celebrate the $100,000 renovation which gave the structure marble floors, Jerusalem-stone panels and air conditioning, the synagogue’s rabbi, Shalom Gotlieb, told JTA Wednesday. The synagogue is located […]