Public authorities have once again shown interest in the problems of nationalism. President Dmitry Medvedev said that the fight against extremism and in particular the opposition to attempts to “play the ethnic card” must be one of the main areas of work for the recently renamed police. In response to the publication of an article […]
The former director of the UCSJ-founded Kazakhstan International Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law, Eugeny Zhovtis was released today after two-and-a-half years in a labor camp. In a phone conversation with UCSJ International Director Leonid Stonov, Zhovtis expressed gratitude to President of UCSJ Larry Lerner and all who supported him during his struggle.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“‘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 […]
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 […]
On the night of January 1 in the town of Kremenchug, Ukraine an unknown person threw a Molotov cocktail at a local synagogue. The reinforced concrete beam at the entrance to the synagogue was damaged as a result the arson.
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 […]