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  • Behind the Headlines: Communist Resurgence Sparks Uncertainty Among Russian Jews

    The Communist Party’s powerful electoral showing this week has generated strong feelings of uncertainty among Russia’s Jews about their country’s future. When the returns from Sunday’s parliamentary elections first came in, voices of alarm were sounded within Russia’s Jewish community, estimated at between 500,000 to 2 million people. Early returns gave the Communist Party the… More ▸

  • Jewish Group in Russia Attacked on Election Eve

    In the weeks preceding Russia’s parliamentary elections, two Russian newspapers attacked an American Jewish human rights organization, charging it with meddling in the internal affairs of Russia. The organization targeted, the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, denounced the charges as “reminiscent of the Soviet era.” In the first published attack on the Union of… More ▸

  • Uzbek Jew Freed from Charges After Activists Publicize Case

    A 76-year old Bukharan Jew in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, has been saved by the Internet. Iosif Koinov, who had been accused of murder, was recently informed that the case against him has been officially closed. After Koinov was arrested and charged with murder last year, his plight was publicized by the Union of Councils for Soviet… More ▸

  • Yeltsin Cracks Down on Fascism Amid Plans for 50th Ceremonies

    After weeks of anticipation, Russian President Boris Yeltsin has signed into law a decree on fascism that urges legal and security bureaucracies to do a better job to enforce existing laws against political extremism. “Fanning the flames of social, racial, national and religious antagonism has become increasingly common in the Russian Federation,” the text states…. More ▸

  • Elderly Jew Accused of Murder Released from Jail in Uzbekistan

    A 76-year-old Bukharam Jew has been released from a prison in Uzbekistan after an outcry of protest from Jews around the world. Iosif Koinov of Tashkent, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, stands accused of killing his 17-year-old tenant, who was found murdered in bed Sept. 29. According to the Union of… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Russian Jews Remain Cautious Amid Conflagration in Chechnya

    Russian Jews are responding cautiously as the war in the breakaway republic of Chechnya claims an increasing number of lives. Jews here are warily observing the country’s shifting political climate and expressing fears about the future of democracy. At the same time, however, most of the organized Jewish community has not taken an official side… More ▸

  • Bukharan Jew is Framed, Union of Councils Charges

    The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews is charging that a 76-year-old Bukharan Jew has been framed for murder in Uzbekistan. The advocacy organization charges that the trial of Iosif Koinov is part of an increasing climate of anti-Semitism in the former Soviet republic. Koinov, an observant Jew, is accused of killing a 17-year-old tenant… More ▸

  • CJF to Re-evaluate Role in Russia; Ncsj Will Be Most Affected by Study

    Three years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the federation community is re-evaluating its role in the former Soviet republics. The National Funding Councils of the Council of Jewish Federations will convene a committee next month to examine how to best aid Jews in the transformed landscape of the former Soviet Union. The agency… More ▸

  • Jews Join Anti-fascists to Stage Protest on Russia’s Revolution Day

    In the new Russia, most people view Revolution Day as a welcome holiday from work. But for the country’s “implacable opposition” – a motley mixture of communists, anarchists and fascists – the day marking the start of the Bolshevik Revolution on Nov. 7, 1917, is a time for marching, speech-making and plotting for a future… More ▸