Russia lists JDC-funded cultural group among ‘foreign agents’

(JTA) — Russia’s Justice Ministry placed a Jewish cultural association with ties to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on its list of nongovernmental organizations defined as “foreign agents.” The Hesed-Tshuva group, which is based in the city of Ryazan located 120 miles south of Moscow, was placed on the list on Sept. 11, according to […]

Rights in Russia Report

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 11 September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Pavel Chikov: ‘I’m tired of keeping silent’ Georgy Satarov: Shame, morality and citizenship in English  New Monument to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Erected in Vladivostok Red Terror marked in St Petersburg on 5 September 2015 Muftis of Russia on the Golden Horde, Xenophobia and Political Correctness […]

Russia Fined $44 Million for Refusing to Hand Over Jewish Books

By GRAHAM BOWLEY In a decision likely to prolong a Russian ban on lending art to American museums, a federal judge on Thursdayordered Russia to pay a fine of $43.7 million for refusing to return a collection of Jewish books and documents to the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group. The dispute, long a source of diplomatic tension between […]

29,500 new immigrants arrive in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah

September 9, 2015 11:44am JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 29,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. Most of this year’s immigrants came from the former Soviet Union – with some 14,100, and Europe – with more than 9,000. Some 3,600 immigrants came to Israel from North America and […]

On Israel visit, Lithuanian PM makes pledge on Jewish cemeteries

September 10, 2015 6:24am (JTA) – Lithuania’s prime minister reiterated that all Jewish cemeteries in the country would be marked or memorialized by 2017. Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius addressed the issue during a visit to Israel this week. “Let me reassure you that the history of Lithuanian Jews and [their] memorials are very important to the […]

Russia: Children With Disabilities Face Discrimination Ensure Quality Education for All

(Moscow) – Children with disabilities in Russia face serious obstacles to accessing quality education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Russian government should build on progress to date to make sure that children with disabilities are not shut out from quality, inclusive education at all levels of the education system. The […]

Lithuanian chief rabbi protests excavation of WWII mass grave

July 14, ’15 (JTA) — The chief rabbi of Lithuania appealed to authorities to prevent the excavation of a mass grave of Holocaust victims in the country’s north. Rabbi Chaim Burshtein issued the statement Tuesday about the mass grave discovered this week during road construction work in Siauliai, a city located 120 miles northwest of Vilnius, Lithuania’s […]

Russian Judge Dismissed for Anti-Semitic Post

A district court judge from Russia’s Udmurtia republic was dismissed from his post this week for posting an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook two years ago.  At the time, Ivan Orsinin uploaded a picture of a burning mosque to hisFacebook page with the following caption: You can look endlessly at three things: flowing water, sparkling stars and a burning mosque.” In a […]

Lithuanian PM: Sports complex in Jewish cemetery to be built with ‘proper respect’ Wiesenthal Center’s Zuroff: It’s a case of cover-up in the desecration of the ancient facility.

 The Lithuanian government will coordinate with the Jewish community regarding the construction of a sports complex in the middle of a historic Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, a representative of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has promised. This week the London-based Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, a hassidic organization that has provided the […]

Letter from Joel Sandberg

Friends:         Back from Belarus, Latvia, Estina with a report — our colleagues Joel & Adele Sandberg —         – Glenn Richter             Adele and I spent 5 days in Belarus guided by a fantastic couple, Frank and Galina Swartz.. They run 2 non-profits, Eastern European Jewish  Heritage Project assisting  Jewish communities and Voluntas which assists children with disabilities.Thanks to […]