UCSJ Letter to the Co-Chairs of the Helsinki Commission

April 15, 2013 U R G E N T Honorable Senator Benjamin Cardin Honorable Congressman Christopher Smith Co-chairs of the Helsinki Commission of the American Congress (Committee on Foreign Affairs) Dear co-chairs of the Helsinki Commission: Alarming information about the escalation of wide attacks on the Russian NGOs comes every day from Moscow. Almost all […]

Moscow’s New Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Awarded Museum of the Year

JTA — Moscow’s new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center was named Museum of the Year award by the Russia edition of the prestigious The Art newspaper. The award was presented to the museum’s chairman, Boruch Gorin, last week at a ceremony in the Russian capital. The monthly’s Russian edition, the most recent addition to an international […]

Anti-Semitic Protesters Injure Opposition

JTA – Several people were injured after protesters displayed anti-Semitic slogans at a political rally in Ukraine. The April 6 rally in Cherkasy, a city situated 100 miles southeast of Kiev, turned violent after six men took off their jackets to reveal T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “Beat the kikes” and “Svoboda,” the name of a Ukrainian […]

Lithuania’s Synagogues Are Falling Into Ruin Due to Lack of Funding

  AFP reports that Lithania’s wooden synagogues are falling into ruin due to a lack of funding and support. These rundown buildings are the remaining vestiges of the former Jewish presence that was wiped out in the Holocaust. Between 1941- 1944, the Nazis murdered approximately 90 percent of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews. “Jews owned around 20 shops […]

Government of Belarus Plans to Renovate Old Synagogue, Turn It Into Jewish Museum

 JTA — The government of Belarus announced plans to renovate one of the country’s oldest synagogues and turn it into a Jewish museum. The museum will be housed this year inside the restored ruins of the main synagogue in Bykhaw, a town located some 150 miles east of Minsk, Belarus’ minister of culture, Boris Svetlov, […]

Jewish Cemetery Damaged in Moldova

JTA — Unlicensed loggers may be to blame for damage to a Jewish cemetery in the capital Chisinau {Kishinev – G.R.}. Unidentified individuals broke into Chisinau’s Metropolitan Jewish Cemetery earlier this week and caused “serious damage” to graves, according to a report on Thursday in Jewish.ru, a Moscow-based news site. Russia’s Jewish News Agency reported dozens […]

MHG is the Latest Target in Russia’s Unprecedented, Massive Government Campaign to Inspect NGOs

The Moscow Times– The Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s oldest human rights organization, on Thursday became the latest NGO inspected in a massive government campaign that has hit hundreds of non-state groups in 25 regions and is unprecedented in post-Soviet Russia, a rights leader said. Prosecutors and Justice Ministry officials on Thursday showed up at the headquarters of the Moscow Helsinki Group, where they asked the organization’s veteran leader, 85-year-old […]

Two Russian Jewish Lawmakers to Resign Due to Israeli Citizenship

JTA– Russia’s upper house has approved the resignation of a two Jewish lawmakers who stepped down last week amid accusations that one of them hid his Israeli citizenship. Senator Vitaly Malkin, 60, handed in his resignation on Tuesday amid accusations that he has failed to give up his Israeli citizenship as Russian lawmakers are legally […]

Disputed Schneerson Library to Move to Jewish Museum in Moscow

JTA – Russia plans to move Jewish texts claimed by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement to Moscow’s newly opened Jewish museum next month. Russian Deputy Culture Minister Grigory Ivliyev told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday that the disputed Schneerson library will be moved to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. “We will start moving the books […]

Belarusian Jewish Community Leader Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

JTA — Yuri Dorn, a leader of the Jewish community of Belarus, pleaded guilty to tax evasion but is continuing to deny charges that he abused his position. Dorn was president of the Union of Religious Jewish Congregations in Belarus at the time of his arrest last year. He is charged with tax evasion, to which […]