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Europe’s Oldest Human Rights Org Plans to Upgrade Office in Russia

The Moscow Times– The Council of Europe, the continent’s oldest human rights organization, has announced an agreement to upgrade its Russian office, a sign that Russia takes the 47-member group seriously, a spokesman said, at a time when the Kremlin routinely rejects outside criticism of its rights record. Turning its information office into a program office with diplomatic immunity will allow the council to assist the Russian government in implementing a list […]

The Inevitabilty of Navalny’s Trial: Only 1 Percent of Verdicts Passed in Russia Are Not Guilty

On May 22nd, The Moscow Times reported on the inevitability of a guilty verdict for Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader who is facing a sentencing for fraud. This is because only 1 percent of verdicts passed in Russia are not guilty, according to official statistics. Navalny’s conviction could put him in jail for ten years […]

Amnesty International: Historic Pride march in Moldova should be ‘first of many’

Amnesty International– The Moldovan authorities must ensure that yesterday’s historic Pride march in the capital Chisinau is the “first of many” and is followed up by other steps in combating homophobic discrimination, Amnesty International said today. Around 100 people participated in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Pride parade, the first such event […]

Russian NGOs Discuss State Pressure

From The Moscow Times– The leaders of some of Russia’s largest nongovernmental organizations raised their concerns about a Kremlin crackdown during a meeting Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry, who was wrapping up a two-day visit, met with the NGO representatives at Spaso House, the Moscow residence of U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, […]

Moscow Jewish Museum Depicts the ComplexHistory of Jews in Russia

From JSpace– The world’s largest and most expensive Jewish Museum opened to great fanfare in Russia late last year. And although it has only been open for less than six months, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow has become a must-see for any visitors to the Russian capital. A high profile project, its […]

Ukrainian Jews Worry About Rise of the Svoboda Party and Antisemitism

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Marching in formation, six young men in dark jackets approach an anti-government rally in Cherkasy, a city some 125 miles southeast of Kiev. At the appointed moment, they remove their windbreakers to reveal white T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Beat the kikes.” Their jackets carry the name of Svoboda, the ultranationalist […]

Nazi Slogans Found at Former Concentration Camp

JTA — Lithuanian police discovered Nazi slogans at a former concentration camp. The slogans “Heil Hitler,” “Jews out” in German and a swastika were scrawled on the pavement near the HKP 562 labor camp in Vilnius, AFP reported. The graffiti was discovered April 22, two days after Adolf Hitler’s birthday. “It is especially horrific that these anti-Semitic slogans appeared […]

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 […]