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Russia Bars 18 Americans from Entering, in Retaliation for Magnitsky

From The NY Times- By ELLEN BARRY Published: April 13, 2013 MOSCOW — A day after the United States imposed sanctions on Russians accused of rights violations, Moscow said Saturday that it could not “leave this open blackmail without response” and published a list of 18 current and former American officials who will now be barred […]

Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture (Amnesty International Press Release)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   PRESS RELEASE   Embargoed until 0900 GMT, 11 April 2013 Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture The Ukrainian authorities must  seize the current political opportunity  to stop the high level of torture and other ill treatment being carried out by its police force by creating a genuinely independent, impartial […]

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 […]

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 […]

Numerous Anti-Semitic Incidents Have Been Reported Throughout Eastern Europe in Recent Days

(JTA) — A string of anti-Semitic events and incidents have been recorded in Ukraine, Poland and Hungary in recent days. A swastika and neo-Nazi symbols was spray-painted last week on a monument in Mykolaiv, near Odessa, to the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. In Kiev, anti-Semitic flyers on Monday were placed on a synagogue […]

Legionnaires Day in Latvia Draws Protesters

On Saturday, March 16th, over 1000 Latvians honored Nazi-allied World War II soldiers. Violence almost erupted between the Latvian participants and the ethnic Russians, who are a minority in the country. The police used force, dragging some participants away and detaining four, to prevent any tumult. Read the AP article here. March 16th is considered […]

Lautenberg Amendment, Originally for Soviet Jews, Serves as Lifeline to Iranian Religious Minorities

(JTA) – When the Lautenberg Amendment was introduced in 1990, it provided a mechanism for hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews to exit their crumbling country and immigrate to freedom in the United States. Since 2004, it has served as a lifeline for religious minorities fleeing the Islamic theocracy of Iran. The amendment, named for […]

Arson Suspected at Jewish Community Center in Central Russia

(JTA) — A Jewish community center in Perm, a city in central Russia, sustained minor damage in what police suspect was attempted arson with fire bombs. Firefighters in Perm, a municipality located on the banks of the Kama River near the Ural Mountains, put out a small fire inside the center on Saturday, the government-owned […]

UCSJ Update: Our Discussion with Luidmilla Alexeeva

MARCH 11, 2013 On March 2, 2013, UCSJ President Larry Lerner and International Director Leonid Stonov had an hour long Skype discussion with the Chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), Luidmilla Alexeeva. Alexeeva is a long-term partner of UCSJ. She arrived in the US on March 1, 2013, after being invited by Senator Benjamin […]