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Please Help Valery Senderov Pay For Medical Treatment

Valery Senderov, a courageous human rights activist, mathematician, teacher and writer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 67. Senderov has three young children, and is unable to afford the medical treatment that he needs. In the 1970’s, Senderov monitored and exposed the systematic antisemitism that pervaded the Mathematics Department of Moscow University. Talented, qualified students consistently […]

UCSJ Letter to President Lukashenko

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka Administratsia Presidenta Respubliki Belarus ul Karla Marksa 38, 220016 Minsk, Belarus e-mail: contact@president.gov.by October 30, 2012 Dear Mr. President: The Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ), an American independent grassroots human rights NGO founded in 1970, strongly protests the continuing persecution of journalists and other activists in […]

Charges Against Journalist Continue

The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has decided this week to continue investigating the criminal case against Andrzej Poczobut until November 21st. Poczobut, a a Polish-Belarusian minority activist and journalist for the Gazeta Wyborcza, faces a prison sentence in Belarus of more than seven years for “libeling the President.” Poczobut has published articles in Belarus that criticize […]

Members of Russian Punk Band Imprisoned Hundreds of Miles Outside Moscow

Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, have been exiled to prison camps far from Moscow, despite their request to be sent to jails closer to the Russian capital. According to their friends, Alyokhina has been sent 700 miles east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains region, while Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, 300 miles east […]

The Regime Has Crossed the Red Line

Official Statement from UCSJ’s NGO Partner For Human Rights Moscow– The criminal case against Sergey Udaltsov and other “heroes” of NTV propagandistic films shows that the current regime in Russia has crossed the red line from being a simply repressive violator of democratic principles to a totalitarian one. The absurdity of accusations, reminiscent of Stalin-era actions, demonstrates […]

Maxim Efimov, Russian Human Rights Activist, Granted Asylum in Estonia

Maxim Efimov, head of the Youth Human Rights Group of Karelia, has been granted political asylum in Estonia. As UCSJ mentioned in our Letter to President Putin on Behalf of Maxim Efimov, Efimov fled from Russia after getting charged by local prosecutors for publishing an article that compared the Orthodox Church to the largest leading political […]

USCIRF Chair Comments on the State of International Religious Freedom

In an October 19, 2012 op-ed for Eurasia Review, Katrina Lantos Swett, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), discusses the main issues of concern facing religious freedom today: barriers to constructing and safely using places of worship and governmental limitations on religious rights. Complicated procedures exist for those wishing to obtain […]

Roma Political Activist Denied Refugee Status in Canada

Gyula Kanto, a Roma political activist, and his wife and son have been denied refugee status in Canada. Kanto is known as a Roma civil rights leader in Hungary, and has run for office on that platform. The family greatly fears for their safety in their homeland. In their application for refugee protection, they stated […]

UCSJ Statement Regarding Threats to Tatyana Lokshina

The international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has informed UCSJ that Tatyana Lokshina, Deputy Director of HRW Moscow office, received nine text messages (SMS) from September 28th- 30th that directly threatened her and her future child. Lokshina was the Director of the UCSJ Bureau in Moscow in the early 1990s and also has worked with […]

Russia Moves to Broaden Definition of High Treason

“Russian leaders ‘have now chosen an ideological course — you can even call it a national idea — to search for external and internal enemies,’ Lev A. Ponomarev, a veteran activist, said in an interview with Dozhd TV. Lyudmila M. Alekseyeva, a human rights advocate, told the news service Interfax that she had ‘a feeling that they are again pulling down the Iron Curtain.’

Earlier this week, the United States Agency for International Development announced that it would end its 20-year-old program in Russia at the Kremlin’s request. On Friday, the Moscow office of Radio Liberty, which is financed by the American government, announced that it was ending medium-wave broadcasts because of a tough new media law that prohibits such broadcasting when more than 48 percent of an outlet’s founders are foreigners. The station will continue its broadcasts online.”