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  • U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring Eastern Ukraine unrest

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

    Armed pro-Moscow protesters were still occupying Ukrainian...

  • Kosher nightclub to open in Moscow

    2 weeks ago

    A Russian Jewish group is preparing to open a kosher nightclub in the center of Moscow.

    The opening of the Shachar Club is slated for Saturday, the Russian-language Israeli news site izrus.co.il reported Tuesday.

    “Jewish youth in Moscow should have somewhere with an easy,...

  • Chief Russian rabbi slams Ukrainian Jews for criticizing Putin

    3 weeks ago

    Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, criticized Ukrainian Jewish leaders who condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

    “The Jewish community should not be the one sending messages to President Barack Obama about his policy or to President Putin or to any other leader,” Lazar said...

  • Obama hits closest Putin allies with sanctions over Crimea

    March 20, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea on Thursday by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

    The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into...

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  • Longtime Washington power broker Robert Strauss dies at 95

    March 19, 2014 | 7:26 pm

    Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95.

    "We can confirm that Robert Strauss passed away peacefully on...

  • Putin’s Jewish embrace: Is it love or politics?

    March 11, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    When even Russian policemen had to pass security checks to enter the Sochi Winter Olympics, Rabbi Berel Lazar was waved in without ever showing his ID.

    Lazar, a Chabad-affiliated chief rabbi of Russia, was invited to the opening ceremony of the games last month by President...

  • Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

    March 11, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

    With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in...

  • Shots fired in air during raid at Crimea naval base

    March 10, 2014 | 10:38 am

    Unidentified armed men fired in the air as they moved into a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea on Monday in the latest confrontation since Russian military groups seized control of the Black Sea peninsula.

    With diplomacy at a standstill, Russia said the United States had spurned an...

  • Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    March 7, 2014 | 10:59 am

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

    After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement...

  • Obama warns on Crimea, orders sanctions over Russian moves in Ukraine

    March 6, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions on people responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said a referendum by the region to join Russia would violate international law.

    ...
  • Reaching out to Ukrainian friends during crisis

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Two years ago, on a visit to Kiev, following a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, I had the privilege of spending a weekend with an amazing Jewish family in the center of what I otherwise remember as a somewhat dark, depressing city.

    Although they are foreign-born, they are major...

  • Ukraine says Russia deployed 16,000 new troops to Crimea

    March 3, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    [UPDATE – March 3 at 2:15 pm] Russia has deployed roughly 16,000 troops to Ukraine's autonomous region of Crimea since last week, Kiev's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said on Monday.

    "Beginning from 24 February, approximately 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in Crimea by...

  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin’s ‘declaration of war’

    March 2, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

    "This is not a threat: this is actually...

  • Ukraine warns Russia after gunmen seize Crimea parliament

    February 27, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who warned Moscow not move troops beyond the confines of its navy base on the peninsula.

    Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian...

  • Moscow 2012 and Sochi 2014: My Russian adventure

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    As I'm want to do when I travel, I try to keep a daily journal of who I saw, what I ate, where I went, etc. It's always a pain to do at the time, and always worth it afterwards. Last night, as I read through the journal entries I made when I traveled to Russia in Spring 2012 (March...

  • Party at Russian synagogue-Holocaust memorial causes uproar

    February 5, 2014 | 10:07 am

    The Russian Jewish Congress is defending itself against criticism for renting out a Moscow synagogue that also functions as a Holocaust memorial for a party.

    Russia’s Bank of Industrial and Investment Settlements, or PIR Bank, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Poklonnaya...

  • Putin’s party loses key city to tough Jew with checkered past

    October 22, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Growing up in one of the Soviet Union’s richest cities, Elena Chudnovskaya never imagined that she would be raising her daughter in a place so full of drug addicts that “the flowerbeds became strewn with syringes.”

    But that is what became of her downtown apartment block after the...

  • The tweets heard round the world

    September 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Is there a line between the much-ballyhooed Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Iranian leadership and a U.S.-Iran accommodation on Syria?

    At the New Yorker, George Packer draws that line

    The clearest path to a settlement now may be not through Moscow but through...

  • U.S., France, Britain to press Assad on chemical arms

    September 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The United States, France and Britain warned President Bashar Assad on Monday that there would be consequences if he fails to stick to a deal under which Syria must give up its chemical weapons, and U.N. experts confirmed sarin gas was used in the August 21 attack in Damascus.

    ...
  • In Moscow mayor’s race, Jewish chutzpah seeks to lift underdog

    September 9, 2013 | 7:22 am

    MOSCOW (JTA) — On the rooftop of a Soviet-era apartment block, a young man straps into climbing gear and rappels down the side as a small gathering of city workers and police officers watch from below.

    On the way down, the climber stops at a balcony and tears loose one of the...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • Russia ‘disappointed’ by Obama cancelling Putin meeting, Kremlin says

    August 7, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is disappointing, but he is still welcome in Russia, a top Kremlin foreign policy aide said on Wednesday.

    "We are disappointed by the U.S. administration's decision to cancel...

  • Israel could swoop on S-300 missiles in Syria, but with risks

    May 30, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Israel could overcome advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles if they were deployed in Syria but any strikes on the system would be difficult and risk alienating its supplier, Russia.

    Israel has pledged to take preventive action, seeing a future Syrian S-300 as a "game-changing"...

  • Syria has advanced missiles from Russia, Assad says

    May 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

    Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were...

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • Abbas wants peace talks with Israel this year

    March 14, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year although the chances of a resumption seemed slim.

    Abbas made his comments during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia...

  • Clinton warns Russia, Iran of Syria conflict spreading

    February 1, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran and Russia on Thursday to rethink their support for Syria, saying the most dire scenarios of the conflict spilling beyond its borders could come to pass.

    Clinton told reporters there are signs Iran is sending more people and...

  • Abbas claims link between Nazis and Zionists

    January 22, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a Lebanese television station that the Nazis and Zionists worked in collaboration before World War II.

    The subject was the topic of Abbas' dissertation for his doctorate in history from the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow.

    ...
  • U.S. says Russia ‘waking up to reality’ on Syria

    December 13, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    The United States welcomed on Thursday a Russian admission that Syria's rebels may succeed in their drive to topple President Bashar Assad and called on Moscow to join efforts to manage a peaceful political transition.

    "We want to commend the Russian government for finally waking...

  • Eastern European giving

    October 11, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Wearing an elegant dress and a name tag, Dasha Fedoseeva flitted among the tables during a recent Jewish community dinner in Moscow just after Rosh Hashanah.

    Fedoseeva wasn’t just a guest. She was part of a team of young Jewish volunteers whose goal was to mingle and charm older...

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