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Lev Krichevsky

  • Jews laud Boris Yeltsin’s legacy

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first popularly elected president, made a lasting impact on Russian Jewry, though his legacy included its share of controversy and tragic failures.

    Russian Jewish leaders agree that the community should remember Yeltsin, who died Monday at age 76, primarily...
  • Tehran Jews Talk of Future in Iran

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A 15-member women's amateur folk dance group composed of Jews from Iran performed in Russia this month and, perhaps most notably, they insisted that there is a Jewish future in Iran.

    The trip was a rare group visit abroad by Iranian Jews, who live in an Islamic community whose...

  • Tajikistan Razes Its Sole Synagogue

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tajikistan's government has begun demolishing the Central Asian nation's only synagogue, offering in exchange a plot of land far from where most Jewish community members live.

    The work started last month. So far, demolition crews have destroyed part of the synagogue's property,...

  • Attacks on Moscow Synagogues

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Moscow's five functioning synagogues have been repeated targets:

    • Dec. 30, 1993 -- The old wooden building of the Marina Roscha Synagogue burned to the ground in what was considered an arson attack.
    • 1994 -- A hand grenade was thrown at the window of the Bolshaya Bronnaya...
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  • Indifference Enables Moscow Shul Attack

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish leaders have blamed Russian authorities, law enforcement agencies and societal attitudes for the Jan. 11 stabbing attack at a Moscow synagogue, saying that the authorities have not responded properly to previous anti-Semitic and hate incidents.

    "The entire world has seen what...

  • Hillel Steps Up Russia Outreach

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In its 10 years of operating in the former Soviet Union, Hillel has reached thousands of Jewish students.

    Now it's trying to reach more.

    The move comes as an official recently appointed to head the international Jewish campus group's operations in Russia offered a frank assessment...

  • Jewish Vodka Rocks in Russia

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As Russia celebratesthe 500th year of its unofficial national beverage, Yevreskaya Vodka -- or Jewish Vodka -- is succeeding with Russians by emphasizing Jewish religion and culture. Yevreskaya sells in Moscow at about $2 for a pint -- a medium-priced vodka by local standards. The...

  • Russia’s Jews Rediscover Roots

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism.

    Entin's father was a shochet (ritual slaughterer), and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder (Jewish school). But after that,...

  • Russia Returns 16 Long-Sought Books

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Lubavitch movement is celebrating the transfer of 16 more religious books to a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Moscow. But it is unclear when -- and indeed, if -- the balance of the thousands of books that make up the "Schneerson Library" will come into the ultra-Orthodox group's...

  • Web Hate Sites Proliferating

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The growth of hate sites on the World Wide Web is staggering, according to a report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    On April 19, 1995, the day a truck bomb leveled the Oklahoma City federal building, there was only one Web hate site, run by the Ku Klux Klan. A year ago, there were 600...

  • Primakov’s Promise

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Russia's prime minister has condemned the recent rise in anti-Semitism in Russia and said that he would press for new hate-crimes legislation to combat the growing scourge.

    Yevgeny Primakov's statements, which he told to officials with the Anti-Defamation League and the Russian Jewish...

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