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  • 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…

  • Lithuanian judge delays trial of alleged Nazi war criminal

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — A Lithuanian judge has postponed the trial of an alleged Nazi war criminal for the second time. The trial of Aleksandras Lileikis, 91, was slated to begin this week in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. But a judge in the case granted an adjournment of one month to allow…

  • Russian emigre finds Jews more open to Reform Judaism

    MOSCOW, April 29 (JTA) — When Victor Rashkovsky left the Soviet Union 25 years ago, he had, like most Soviet Jews, little Jewish knowledge. When Rashkovsky returned to Moscow earlier this month, he did so as a changed person — and with a purpose: Now a Reform rabbi, he came for two weeks to conduct…

  • Sharansky: Israel- Russia ties linked to Iran’s military effort

    MOSCOW, March 3 (JTA) — Natan Sharansky has made it clear that an expansion of Israeli-Russian ties depends on Moscow ending any assistance to Iran’s ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons programs. The former Prisoner of Zion, who is currently Israel’s trade and industry minister, conveyed that message during his two-day visit to the Russian capital…

  • Synagogue bombing prompts outrage, conspiracy theories

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — The bombing of a Moscow synagogue has prompted an unprecedented outcry from Russia’s political and religious leaders. Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the Foreign Ministry called the bombing an act of “barbarism” and said he expected the police to work actively in order to find those responsible for 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…