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  • Russian lawmaker will not face charges for anti-Semitic statements

    MOSCOW, March 16 (JTA) — Russian prosecutors are refusing to launch a criminal investigation of a Communist Party lawmaker for a statement that was widely interpreted as a call for anti-Jewish pogroms. According to the Rostov Regional Prosecutor’s Office, a controversial speech made by Albert Makashov last month “was not aimed at inciting ethnic strife.”…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Jews in Russia reinterpret meaning of Pesach — again

    MOSCOW, March 9 (JTA) — When David Karpov attended his first Passover seder here some 15 years ago, it was easy for him and other newcomers to grasp the holiday’s main themes of slavery and redemption. Soviet Jews, themselves suffering from oppression, had no trouble making a connection between their lives and what they read…

  • Vandals destroy Siberian shul as anti-Semitism rises in region

    MOSCOW, March 9 (JTA) — The scourge of anti-Semitism sweeping across Russia has reached the frozen tundra of Siberia — and Jews are reacting with increased levels of emigration. Vandals this week went on a rampage at a synagogue in the city of Novosibirsk, destroying much of the synagogue in the attack. They demolished the…

  • Russian lawmaker delivers speech interpreted as call to launch pogroms

    MOSCOW, Feb. 24 (JTA) — Is a Russian lawmaker who is seeking to become the country’s next president calling for pogroms against Jews? Albert Makashov, the hard-line Communist legislator whose repeated anti- Semitic statements have sparked controversy, said in a speech Monday that there are “good Jews” and “bad Jews” and that those whom the…

  • Sharansky looks back on past, seeing just what KGB had on him

    MOSCOW, Feb. 22 (JTA) — Natan Sharansky got a rare chance this week to review 20-year-old KGB documents relating to his activities on behalf of Russian Jewry. Heading a trade delegation on a two-day trip to Moscow, Sharansky, Israel’s minister of industry and trade, met Monday with Vladimir Putin, head of the Federal Security Service,…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Upsurge of Russian anti-Semitism sowing seeds of fear in community

    MOSCOW, Feb. 21 (JTA) — The recent upsurge of anti-Semitism in Russia has sown the seeds of fear and uncertainty among much of the country’s Jewish community. Although different segments of the community may vary in their assessment of the situation, most Jews here agree on one point: They are living through one of the…

  • Synagogue bombing rocks Latvian government, Jews

    MOSCOW, April 2 (JTA) — The Latvian government and the Baltic nation’s Jewish community are reeling from a bombing that seriously damaged the only synagogue in the Baltic nation’s capital city of Riga. “People are angry and they don’t know what to do,” Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, said in a telephone interview from Riga. The early…

  • Jews in Siberia split over bid by former general to win office

    MOSCOW, April 29 (JTA) — A nationalist’s victory in recent regional elections highlights the complexity of Jewish issues in contemporary Russian politics. Alexander Lebed, a retired general and former security adviser to President Boris Yeltsin, kept his presidential hopes alive by taking a surprising lead in the first round of voting for governor of Krasnoyarsk,…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Jews in southern Russia face anti-Semitic governor

    MOSCOW, March 15 (JTA) — The more things change, the more they remain the same. That appears to be the case in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, where officials are employing the centuries-old practices of anti-Semitism and employing Cossacks to impose law and order on the region’s minorities. Indeed, the situation has gotten so…

  • Synagogue bombing rocks Latvian government, Jews

    MOSCOW, April 5 (JTA) — The Latvian government and the Baltic nation’s Jewish community are reeling from a bombing that seriously damaged the only synagogue in the Baltic nation’s capital city of Riga. “People are angry and they don’t know what to do,” Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, said in a telephone interview from Riga. The early…