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WORKING GROUP FOR COMBATING SECTARIANISM TO BE CREATED IN STATE DUMA

Russian parliament preparing restrictions on new religious groups WORKING GROUP FOR COMBATING SECTARIANISM TO BE CREATED IN STATE DUMA RIA Novosti, 25 February 2016 Deputies of the State Duma on Thursday at a session of the interfractional deputies’ Group for Protection of Christian Values made a decision to create a working group for combating sectarianism […]

Lithuanian town plans to name street after priest who organized gang that murdered Jews

Jerusalem Post Feb. 28, ’16       by Sam Sokol Lithuanian town plans to name street after priest who organized gang that murdered Jews Naming flap exposes issues with dealing with Holocaust memory. JONAS ZVINYS. (photo credit:KAISIADORIU ENCIKLOPEDIJA) Jewish organizations and Holocaust historians have long complained that many countries of the former Soviet Union have failed […]

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia While Putin, “cannot be accused of having a negative attitude towards Jews…a massive exodus of Jews back to Russia seems to be a fantasy.” Vladimir Putin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) One of Russia’s most popular news outlets has accused President Vladimir Putin of being […]

UCSJ REPORT: HATE CRIMES IN THE UKRAINE

  Congress of National Communities of Ukraine National Minority Rights Monitoring Group   Hate crimes in Ukraine in 2015   Vyacheslav Likhachev Chronicle of Hate-Motivated Violence   On the evening of May 17, at about 10PM, a group of approximately 10 people attacked a man of Nigerian descent. The attack was accompanied by insults that targeted […]

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia While Putin, “cannot be accused of having a negative attitude towards Jews…a massive exodus of Jews back to Russia seems to be a fantasy.” Vladimir Putin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) One of Russia’s most popular news outlets has accused President Vladimir Putin of being […]

Lithuanian Jews call for government to publish list of Nazi collaborators

Lithuanian Jews call for government to publish list of Nazi collaborators The Genocide Center has given the government a list containing 2,055 names of supposed perpetrators but Vilnius neither published it nor made any attempt to investigate the people concerned. A man walks past a sign at a commemoration place during the March of the […]

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan By: David Israel Azerbaijan Photo Credit: Francisco Anzola The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), on Wednesday hosted a delegation of the Azeri National Assembly’s International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Committee, and Hanegbi welcomed the guests and stressed that […]

RUSSIA: Two prison terms, 25 initial fines in 37 cases for public religious events over 4 months

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Over four months between May and August, 37 cases were brought to punish individuals and religious communities across Russia for exercising freedom of religion or belief in public spaces under Administrative Code Article 20.2, Forum 18 News Service has found. One community was fined after members offered religious […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia  Week-ending Friday 30 October 2015 Returning the Names Stalinism  On 29/10, in an event on Lubyanka Square. ‘Returning the Names’, members of the public honoured the memory of those executed during the Great Terror. (RFE/RL, 29/10) GULAG museum  On 30/10 a new state-run museum on the history of the GULAG system opened […]

Weekly Update No. 39

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 23 October 2015 [see also attachment] Rights in Russia: September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Liudmila Alekseeva on World Food Day Aleksei Simonov: “It’s important to shout out loud enough that the emperor has no clothes, so that both emperor and crowd can hear” HRO.org in English  Political prisoner Oleg Navalny describes conditions […]