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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Assad chemical weapons plans blocked by Moscow

    July 24, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    Increasingly under pressure by rebels intent on unseating him, Bashar al-Assad has considered using chemical weapons against his enemies but Washington and Moscow have formed an unlikely alliance to force him to abandon such plans.

    Analysts and diplomats across the region and beyond...

  • Iran agrees to discuss nuclear proposal in Moscow, EU officials say

    June 11, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    European Union officials said on Monday that Iran has agreed to discuss a proposal from six world powers to curb its production of high-grade uranium at a meeting in Moscow next week in an apparent de-escalation of tensions ahead of the talks.

    The development follows more than two...

  • Limmud conference to launch in Moscow

    April 18, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    The first of six Limmud conferences for Russian-speaking Jews will open in Moscow.

    Limmud FSU Moscow will begin Thursday and run through April 22. Some 1,000 participants are registered for the conference, which is designed to bring young Russian-speaking Jews closer to Jewish...

  • Moscow synagogue firebombed

    July 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

    A synagogue in Moscow was attacked with firebombs.

    Four men wearing masks threw Molotov cocktails at the Darchei Shalom synagogue in northeast Moscow on Tuesday morning, Interfax reported. None of the bombs exploded and no one was injured.

    Unnamed officials told news services that the attack could be revenge for the conviction Monday of five neo-Nazis on charges of murdering 27 people, mainly dark-skinned migrant workers.

  • Vladimir Lenin was part Jewish, according to declassified KGB files

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 14, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Soviet Communist leader Vladimir Lenin was part Jewish, TIME.com says.

    A recently opened exhibition in Moscow’s State Historical Museum is shedding some light on a long-guarded Russian secret: the origins of Soviet founding father Vladimir Lenin. Lenin’s maternal grandfather, the...

  • Russia expels Israel’s military attaché over espionage claims

    May 18, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    Israel’s military attaché in Moscow was arrested and expelled earlier this week, it was revealed on Wednesday, with sources saying that the top Israel Defense Forces officer was questioned over espionage suspicions.

    Colonel Vadim Leiderman was arrested during a May 12 meeting in a...

  • When Everybody Didn’t Love Phil:  “Exporting Raymond” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 5, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Nobody loved Phil Rosenthal when he first flew to Moscow to help develop the Russian version of his hit CBS sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond” – an endeavor he recounts as both the director and subject of his documentary, “Exporting Raymond,” now in theaters.

    Never mind...

  • Jewish funeral home to open in Moscow

    March 21, 2011 | 10:49 am

    A city funeral home in Moscow will be converted to a Jewish funeral home, the only one in the city.

    The funeral home will operate under the auspices of the Moscow chief rabbinate, the Bais Menachem Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue and the Chevra Kadisha Hamerkazi Jewish burial society of...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • Bombing at Moscow airport seen as terrorism [VIDEO]

    January 24, 2011 | 11:20 am

    A bombing at the busiest airport in Moscow that killed at least 31 and injured 130 is being called a terrorist attack by Russian officials.

    “From the preliminary information we have, it was a terror attack,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said of Monday’s attack on the Domodedovo...

  • 31 dead, 130 hurt in suicide bomb at Moscow’s busiest airport

    January 24, 2011 | 8:46 am

    At least 31 people were killed and 130 wounded Monday in a suicide blast at Domodedovo airport in Moscow, Russian Health Ministry officials said.

    Smoke wafted out of the baggage claim area and people were seen running out of the emergency exits at Russia’s busiest airport, local media reported.

    Russian officials branded the bombing a terrorist attack and President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Monday that those behind the explosion would be “tracked down and punished.”

    Read more at HAARETZ.com.

  • How Poor Jews Come to America, meaning my parents!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 15, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Many people ask me what we brought with us to America, when we immigrated here in 1989.

    Well… Most Russians brought over money and diamonds.  Since we were neither smart or rich, this is literally what we had in our suitcases:

    Someone had told my parents that in order NOT to...

  • Moscow exhibit gives a voice to Jewish Red Army soldiers

    July 1, 2010 | 3:25 pm

    Lev Fein, a Jewish soldier in the Red Army, returned home to Minsk in 1945 to find a letter about his family being wiped out by the Nazis and the dire consequences of the occupation for Belarus Jews.

    “Father and Uncle Fein died on the third day of being in the ghetto, the 3rd of...

  • Madoff scheme deals new hit to FSU Jews

    December 24, 2008 | 2:01 am

    MOSCOW (JTA) -- The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out a major foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia.

    The Chais Family...
  • Melancholy Russian soul flourishing in immigrants

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 22, 2008 | 9:57 pm

    The Russian soul, that hard to define, but deep and informed melancholy, is flourishing in Rego Park, Queens, N.Y.

    To the title character in Irina Reyn's new novel, "What Happened to Anna K" (Touchstone), the velikaia russkaia dusha, Russian soul, transplanted to America might be...

  • U.S. court rules for Chabad

    June 20, 2008 | 2:28 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—A U.S. appeals court ruled that a decades-old struggle between Chabad-Lubavitch and the Russian government over a seminal Lubavitch archive can proceed in the American courts.

    For decades, Chabad has appealed to the Soviet and later Russian governments to return the...

  • Falling dollar hurts seniors in former Soviet Union

    June 19, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    MOSCOW (JTA) -- From its perch above a shelf packed with crystal dishes, a photograph of Alexey Zheleznyak's late wife keeps watch over a spotless apartment.

    The ripple effect of a sluggish American economy has forced Zheleznyak, 81, into what he calls the "woman's business" of...

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