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  • Israeli immigrant soldier is buried in southern Russia

    MOSCOW, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Thousands of miles from the southern Lebanon zone where he was killed, an immigrant Israeli soldier was laid to rest this week. The 150 mourners at the funeral in the southern Russia city of Krasnodar filed silently behind the Israeli flag-draped casket that contained the body of Sgt. Nikolai Rappaport,…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Russians share joy, anxiety of sons serving in Israeli army

    MOSCOW, May 11(JTA) — Every week, the Gorelikov family anxiously awaits a phone call from their son in Israel. Pavel Gorelikov, who left for Israel five years ago, has been serving in the Israeli army since last year. His parents, who remained in Russia, are proud that their son is defending the Jewish state, but…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Federation mission discovers ‘paradox’ of Russian Jewish life

    MOSCOW, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Jewish life in Russia is not as easy to judge up close as it is from far away. That’s one of the lessons that a delegation of 43 Jewish federation officials from North America learned during a trip here this week. One member of the delegation said the word he…

  • Jewish heritage main obstacle to nominee for Russian premier

    MOSCOW, April 13 (JTA) — Sergei Kiriyenko’s Jewish ancestry has become the main obstacle to his winning approval as Russia’s next prime minister. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said this week that his party would continue to oppose Kiriyenko’s nomination because his father was Jewish. The Communists are the largest faction in the 450-seat Duma,…

  • Georgian theater group defies court order to leave synagogue

    MOSCOW, April 27 (JTA) — A theater troupe in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is preventing the Jewish community from regaining possession of a historic synagogue. Last year, Georgia’s Supreme Arbitrage Court ruled that the synagogue should be returned to the Jewish community, but the troupe, which is currently housed in the building, is…

  • Suspected war criminal says he is victim of Jewish pressure

    MOSCOW, Feb. 18 (JTA) — A suspected war criminal living in Lithuania is charging that he is a victim of international Jewish pressure. Aleksandras Lileikis, 91, who made the comment in a television interview, said he is being brought to trial because the Baltic nation has caved into pressure from Jewish groups. Lileikis is suspected…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Cabinet shake-up in Russia unlikely to affect Jewish issues

    MOSCOW, March 23 (JTA) — Russian foreign policy is unlikely to be affected by a new government. This is the preliminary indication emanating out of Moscow in the wake of President Boris Yeltsin’s decision Monday to dismiss his entire Cabinet. Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who like most members of the Cabinet will continue to perform…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Russian Jews flock to events celebrating Israel’s 50th birthday

    MOSCOW, June 9 (JTA) — Isaak Shpiz has never been to Israel, but the Jewish state has still been an important part of his life. “I remember that my father told me it was a historic day when Israel proclaimed its independence,” says the 66-year old retired engineer. “Since then, what’s going on in Israel…

  • Jewish candidates vying for Ukrainian Parliament

    MOSCOW, March 24 (JTA) — Jews are active participants in the Ukrainian elections scheduled for Sunday — as candidates, as voters and as targets of anti- Semitism. For the first time in post-Communist history, voters in Ukraine have a wide variety of choices, as 30 political parties have registered for the elections. Experts say that…

  • Reform Jewish leaders find potential for growth in Russia

    MOSCOW, June 28 (JTA) — American Reform Jewish leaders are optimistic about the potential for their movement’s growth in the former Soviet Union. A delegation of Reform leaders found, in visits last month to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, that the number of congregations is growing steadily — and that there is an urgent need for…