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  • Anti-fascist culture festival held in Moscow sports stadium

    MOSCOW, April 25 (JTA) — Performers from Russia, the United States and Israel have kicked off an anti-fascist festival in Moscow. The performance, held last week at Moscow’s giant Olympic Sports Complex, timed to coincide with the 51st anniversary of the state of Israel, launched a nine-day festival named after Solomon Mikhoels, a Russian Jewish…

  • Anti-Semitic arson suspected in fire at Russian Jewish center

    MOSCOW, April 22 (JTA) — Days after authorities in the Russian town of Borovichi granted a public space to the local Jewish community, it was seriously damaged in what local Jews believe was an anti-Semitic arson attack. According to Edward Alexeev, leader of the small Jewish community in the town of 90,000 located about 300…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD ADL publishes book to remind Bulgarians of their tolerant past

    SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 20 (JTA) — Renee Benjaminov of Terre Haute, Ind., begins each day with a prayer for the well-being of the Bulgarian people who saved her life — and the lives of thousands of other Bulgarian Jewish families during World War II — when she was a teen-ager in Bulgaria. A member of…

  • Russian court bans neo-Nazis as pressure on group intensifies

    MOSCOW, April 19 (JTA) — Russia’s largest and best-organized far-right organization has come under fire on several fronts. This week, a court in the Russian capital banned the Moscow branch of the neo-Nazi Russian National Unity movement, a group that may have been responsible for an attack last week on a synagogue in Minsk, the…

  • Russian Jewish leaders slam official report on anti-Semitism

    MOSCOW, April 18 (JTA) — Russian Jewish leaders are criticizing a Justice Ministry report that absolves the Communist Party from responsibility for anti-Semitic remarks made late last year by some of its legislators. The report, issued last week, concluded that those remarks were isolated episodes. Two months ago, the Justice Ministry announced it would investigate…

  • Ukraine’s Jews confront schism as two umbrella groups compete

    KIEV, Ukraine, April 18 (JTA) — In moves reflecting the turmoil in Ukraine’s organized Jewish community, two rival umbrella organizations have formed here in recent weeks. Last week, some of Ukraine’s leading Jewish groups summoned about 300 activists to Kiev to announce the founding of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine. The move took place one…

  • Neo-Nazi activists suspected after Belarus shul is vandalized

    MOSCOW, April 18 (JTA) — Vandals have attacked a synagogue in Minsk, according to Jewish leaders in the capital of the former Soviet republic of Belarus. In the attack, which occurred on April 12 and coincided with the Orthodox Christian Easter, the arsonists set fire to the entrance of the Dauman Street Synagogue and the…

  • Orders to arrest Russian tycoons harken back to Soviet era, Jews say

    MOSCOW, April 12 (JTA) — A decision by Russian prosecutors to order the arrest of two business tycoons with Jewish roots does not signify a return to state-sponsored anti-Semitism, say Russian Jewish leaders. But the leaders are nonetheless concerned that the arrest warrants are reminiscent of Soviet-era political persecutions. The concerns were voiced after the…

  • Yeltsin backs Palestinian state, but urges more talks with Israel

    MOSCOW, April 6 (JTA) — Russia supports Palestinian statehood, but would like to see it emerge as a result of negotiations with Israel, President Boris Yeltsin told visiting Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat this week. Yeltsin said the negotiations should “meet the interests of all nations” in the Middle East, Sergei Prikhodko, a presidential aide,…

  • Bomb blast in downtown Moscow linked to earlier synagogue attack?

    MOSCOW, April 6 (JTA) — A powerful blast outside a downtown Moscow office of Russia’s Federal Security Service on Sunday may have been the work of the same people who bombed a Moscow synagogue last May. Sources in the Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said the bomb that injured three people…