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  • Jews in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan Live in Muslim World, but Feel at Ease

    At a time when some Jews despair at the apparent depth of Muslim hatred for Jews around the world, perhaps the warmest Muslim-Jewish relations can be found, surprisingly, in the former Soviet Union. To illustrate how devoted they are to ex-Soviet Azerbaijan, the country’s “Mountain Jews” cite the heroism of Jewish soldier Albert Agarunov —… More ▸

  • 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 ▸