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  • Russia’s Gazprom reduces gas to Ukraine after deadline passes

    June 16, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom reduced supplies to Ukraine on Monday after Kiev failed to meet a deadline to pay off its gas debts in a dispute that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe.

    Announcing that Ukraine will now only get gas it pays for in advance, Moscow...

  • Ukraine sees ‘understanding’ with Russia on peace moves

    June 9, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Ukraine said on Monday it had reached a "mutual understanding" with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country.

    It gave no other details after a second day of talks on Poroshenko's proposals for ending conflict...

  • Divided eastern Ukraine city calm after battle, rebels seek Russian help

    May 28, 2014 | 9:47 am

    An uneasy calm returned to the streets of Donetsk on Wednesday after the biggest battle of the pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, a conflict transformed by the landslide election of a pro-European leader who vowed to crush the revolt.

    Government forces killed...

  • Russia says Ukraine election may aggravate crisis

    May 20, 2014 | 4:09 pm

    Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine will deepen political divisions in the country if there is no end to hostilities and a "road map" to end the crisis is not implemented, a senior Russian official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin's...

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  • Putin marks Victory in Crimea as Ukraine violence flares

    May 9, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for the first time since it was annexed by Moscow, proclaiming as he marked the Soviet victory in World War II that incorporating the former Ukrainian territory had made Russia stronger.

    In east Ukraine, where pro-Moscow rebels...

  • Ukraine separatists seize second provincial capital, fire on police

    April 30, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Hundreds of pro-Moscow separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine's provincial capitals on Tuesday and fired on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt despite new Western sanctions on Russia.

    New U.S. and EU sanctions...

  • Wounded Ukrainian mayor ‘stable’ in Israeli hospital

    April 29, 2014 | 9:17 am

    The mayor of eastern Ukraine's biggest city was in a stable condition on Tuesday in a hospital in Israel, where he was flown after being wounded in the highest-profile assassination attempt in the standoff between Kiev and Moscow.

    Gennady Kernes, one of Ukraine's most prominent...

  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

    April 23, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

    Lavrov's comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with...

  • Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

    April 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

    An agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

    U.S. and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if...

  • Putin in Passover greeting: Russian Jews make huge contribution

    April 17, 2014 | 4:39 pm

    Russian Jews are making an enormous contribution to strengthening Russian society’s cohesion, President Vladimir Putin wrote in a holiday greeting to the Jewish community.

    Putin sent the greeting on Monday, the news site shturem.net reported Thursday, after meeting Rabbi Berel...

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

    April 8, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    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

    April 2, 2014 | 11:59 am

    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

    March 26, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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