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  • Status quo seen in Putin’s Russia

    With Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev endorsing each other for prime minister and president, Jews in Russia expect little to change after presidential elections in March.

  • Russian Jews cast protest votes

    In the face of an easy victory for President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, some Jews in Sunday’s parliamentary elections showed their discontent by voting for parties that had no chance.

  • Russian elections lack anti-Semitism

    Anti-Semitism has virtually disappeared from Russian politics, even among the country’s ultra-right groups.

  • Russian vote interests few Jews

    A widespread sense of stability, the absence of significant anti-Semitism and a lack of viable alternatives to the party in power have coincided to produce the least important election for Russia’s Jews since the fall of the Soviet Union.

  • Yeshiva students deported from Russia

    A group of Chabad yeshiva students were deported from Russia after the U.S. State Department intervened to secure their release from prison.

  • Breast cancer survivors meet in Russia

    At a Jewish-sponsored conference in Russia on breast cancer, organizers talked about how education, prevention and access to health care can help reduce the disease’s high rate in the country.

  • Belarus Jews calm after leader’s slurs

    Most Belarus Jews believe that anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs by President Alexander Lukashenko were meant not against them, but as a message for Israel and Iran.

  • Limmud brings FSU Jews together

    The excitement and diversity at the first Limmud Jewish educational conference in the former Soviet Union prompted some longtime observers to wonder if this signaled the beginning of the end of Jewish factionalism and infighting in Russia.

  • Who has Putin’s ear?

    Moshe Kantor’s star may be on the rise behind the opaque walls of the Kremlin. Then again, it may not.

  • Hillel partners open Odessa cafe

    A new Jewish cafe in Odessa, Ukraine, is part of a plan of quasi-commercial ventures set to reverse Hillel’s bad luck in the former Soviet Union.