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  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Primakov to Jewish officials: Anti-Semitism to be combated

    MOSCOW, March 23 (JTA) — Russia’s prime minister has condemned the recent rise in anti-Semitism in Russia and said he would press for new hate crimes legislation to combat the growing scourge. Yevgeny Primakov’s statements, which he told to officials with the Anti- Defamation League and the Russian Jewish Congress, came on the eve of…

  • Latvian Jews protest march, holiday for World War II veterans

    MOSCOW, March 16 (JTA) — Hundreds of Latvians participated in a march this week of war veterans who fought the Soviet Red Army during World War II. The local Jewish community protested the event held Tuesday, made into a national holiday for the first time this year, saying it commemorates soldiers who fought for the…

  • 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…

  • Latvian Jews threaten boycott of holiday

    MOSCOW, March 8 (JTA) — Latvian Jewish leaders are threatening to boycott a national holiday dedicated to soldiers who died in World War II because it will be focused on commemorating soldiers who fought for the Nazi cause. Grigory Krupnikov, the leader of the Latvian Jewish community, said that as part of the boycott of…