USSR

  • Office Opened in Moscow by Ucsj to Monitor Soviet Human Rights

    An office to monitor Soviet emigration and human rights practices has been opened in Moscow, the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews has announced. The Moscow Bureau on Exit, Human Rights and Rule of Law in the USSR was opened Monday as a joint venture of the Union of Councils and the Moscow-based Public Committee… More ▸

  • 800 Soviet Immigrants Arrive to Find Airport Staff on Strike

    About 800 new immigrants from the Soviet Union who landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday morning had their first encounter with an Israeli problem that would immediately and directly affect them. Because of a strike, only a skeleton staff from the Absorption Ministry was on hand to process them, not enough to get the job… More ▸

  • Soviet Jews Stage Rent Protest

    A group of Soviet immigrants on Thursday stormed the offices of Simcha Dinitz, the chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, to protest what they called the high rents at the absorption centers in which they have been living for months, some of them for years. The protest was timed to coincide with the meeting of… More ▸

  • 40,000 Soviet Jews to Come to U.S. As Refugees During 1991 Fiscal Year

    President Bush has authorized the admission of 50,000 Soviet emigres to the United States as refugees during the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. Of that total, 40,000 are expected to be Soviet Jews. All of them will receive federal assistance covering transportation and initial resettlement costs. By contrast, in the last fiscal year,… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Groups Divided over Nobel Prize to Gorbachev

    The two major Soviet Jewry advocacy groups in the United States are in sharp disagreement over the awarding of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The National Conference on Soviet Jewry welcomed the news Monday and cabled congratulations to Gorbachev. It told the Soviet leader he had “set into motion processes… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Applaud Conviction in Soviet Union of Pamyat Leader

    American Jewish groups have applauded the conviction in Moscow of a leader of the anti-Semitic group Pamyat as an important first step in the fight against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, which for decades was sanctioned by the government. Konstantin Smirnov-Ostashvili was convicted by a Moscow court Friday and sentenced to two years in jail… More ▸

  • Israel Banning Food from USSR

    Because of the lingering effects of fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, immigrants coming to Israel from the Soviet Union have been asked not to bring food into the country. The appeal was made by Moshe Mashiah, director general of the Health Ministry, which is seeking a ban on food imports from the Soviet… More ▸

  • Israelis Elated on Direct Flights, Maintain USSR Will Honor Its Word

    Israeli officials were jubilant Monday in anticipation of direct flights between Moscow and Tel Aviv, which are expected to begin at the end of this month. They said the Kremlin would honor its commitment, even though Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze seemed vague on the subject when he met Sunday with Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy… More ▸

  • Soviet Immigration to Israel Passes the 100,000 Mark for 1990

    The number of Soviet Jewish immigrants arriving in Israel topped the 100,000 mark last month for the first time in a single calendar year, the Soviet Jewry Research Bureau of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry announced Monday. The bureau, which started tabulating emigration statistics in 1968, said the arrival of 18,725 Soviet Jews during… More ▸

  • Survey of Soviet Olim Reveals 69 Percent Faced Anti-semitism

    A survey of recent Soviet immigrants in Israel has revealed that 69 percent encountered some form of anti-Semitism while in the Soviet Union. The study, commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and conducted in August in Jerusalem by Hebrew University student Yaakov Khazanov, showed that the majority of the incidents took place in… More ▸