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  • Rabbi to Stay in Uzbekistan

    A Lubavitch rabbi in Uzbekistan who had been threatened with expulsion will be allowed to stay in the former Soviet republic until the end of the year. Intervention by a Lubavitch rabbi in the United States, Levi Shemtov, with the Uzbek ambassador to the United States, and by the Israeli ambassador to Uzbekistan led to… More ▸

  • Uzbekistan Refuses to Renew Visa for U.S. Rabbi in Tashkent

    Uzbekistan has refused to renew the visa of an American rabbi who serves as the head of the Jewish community in the former Soviet republic’s capital of Tashkent. Rabbi Abba David Gurevitch, who was born in Russia and holds a U.S. passport, has worked in Uzbekistan since 1990. His visa was regularly renewed until it… More ▸

  • Uzbekistan Leaders Welcome Presidents Conference Mission

    The leader of Uzbekistan told a group of visiting American Jewish leaders that his country was committed to countering the threats of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism from neighboring Afghanistan and Iran. “We are against any kind of fundamentalism,” Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, told members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations during… More ▸

  • Uzbekistan to Allow Jailed Jew to Go to Israel for Medical Help

    A Tashkent Jew, imprisoned for some ten months for a murder he said he did not commit, was to be released this week by the government of Uzbekistan and allowed to go to Israel for medical treatment. Dimitrii Fattakhov, 24, was expected to depart for Israel Thursday, along with his mother, Frieda. “We are very… 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 ▸

  • Peres Visits Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres paid a three-day visit to the former Soviet states of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan earlier this month. Arriving first in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, Peres remarked on parallels between the two countries. “Like Uzbekistan, Israel is fighting fundamentalism, poverty and war,” he said. Peres’ visit to Central Asia, where Islam… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Groups Find Agreement on Dismal Conditions in Uzbekistan

    The Union of Councils and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry do not always see eye to eye on the situation in the former Soviet Union. That was made clear last week when the Union of Councils protested a diplomatic reception co-sponsored by the National Conference. But when it comes to the human rights situation… More ▸