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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…

  • Russians cry foul over funds from Germany to Nazi victims

    MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (JTA) — Resentment is growing in the former Soviet Union over compensation being given to Jewish survivors of the Nazis. This resentment is at least partially responsible for a recent move by Russian legislators to ask Germany to allocate more funds to non-Jewish Nazi victims in Russia. The non-binding resolution approved last…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD New Jewish study center adds to Moscow’s learning explosion

    MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (JTA) — A new center for Jewish studies — the first-ever cooperative project between Israeli and Russian universities — has been dedicated at Moscow State University. The program is affiliated with the school’s prestigious Institute for Asian and African Studies, which has trained many well-known politicians, diplomats and public figures. Throughout most…

  • Aliyah from former Soviet Union decreased substantially in 1998

    MOSCOW, Jan. 31 (JTA) — When economic conditions worsened in the middle of 1998, some Russian Jewish officials spoke about a possible exodus of Jews to Israel. That exodus failed to materialize, but emigration from Russia did increase during the last few months of 1998, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Some 46,020 immigrants…