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  • Russian Jews built this city on rock and roll (and klezmer)

    2 weeks ago

    When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a government building in this large, clean city some 450 miles east of Moscow.

    But that’s exactly what happened in...

  • Russia’s Putin probably approved London murder of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko

    3 weeks ago

    President Vladimir Putin probably approved a 2006 Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London, a British inquiry concluded on Thursday, prompting a row with Moscow.

    Russia, which had declined to cooperate in...

  • For anniversary, Limmud FSU finds a host on the West Coast

    January 13, 2016 | 11:51 am

    Limmud FSU — a nonprofit that sets up Jewish learning conferences across the former Soviet Union — is coming to the West Coast later this month for the first time to offer a blend of study sessions, live music and worship for the area’s large Russian-speaking community. 

    Sasha...

  • Kremlin official: Russia will not put Hamas and Hezbollah on list of terror groups

    January 5, 2016 | 11:11 am

    The fighting in Syria will not affect Russia’s decision to keep Hamas and Hezbollah off its list of terrorist organizations, a senior Kremlin official said.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency last week that while his country concurs with the...

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  • Ship with more than 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium leaves Iran for Russia

    December 28, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    A ship carrying more than 25,000 pounds (11,000 kg) of low-enriched uranium materials left Iran for Russia on Monday in an Iranian step toward honoring a July 14 nuclear deal with major powers, the United States said.

    Under the landmark nuclear accord, certain U.S., European...

  • Putin, Netanyahu agree in call to coordinate efforts to fight terrorism

    December 22, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to coordinate their two countries' actions to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The two leaders discussed the Syrian crisis during...

  • In an ultra-wealthy Moscow suburb, a luxurious JCC opens its doors

    December 15, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    On the only road connecting this affluent village on Moscow’s western outskirts, Russian secret service agents are blocking all inbound traffic. Drivers bound for Zhukovka pull over and step out to smoke while chatting with other motorists as a line of luxury cars grows on the...

  • Kerry, at contentious U.S.-Israel confab, asks Israel to consider perils of single state

    December 7, 2015 | 12:42 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at an annual U.S.-Israel confab, said Israel’s government must consider the consequences of evolving toward a single state incorporating the Palestinian areas.

    “How does Israel possibly maintain its character as a Jewish democratic...

  • Israel trained against Russian-made air defense system in Greece

    December 4, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Israel has quietly tested ways of defeating an advanced air-defense system that Russia has deployed in the Middle East and that could limit Israel's ability to strike in Syria or Iran, military and diplomatic sources said.

    The sources said a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system,...

  • Four Israeli reactions to the Turkish-Russian fallout

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 2, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    Turkey and Russia — long allied against alleged overweening Western interference — have been on the outs since last week, when the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey says crossed into its airspace. Russian fighter jets are targeting enemies of Syria’s Bashar...

  • Clinton: No U.S. combat troops to fight Islamic State

    December 1, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejected the idea of sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State in the Middle East, saying such a move would give the militant group a recruitment tool to boost its ranks.

    In her first television interview...

  • Russia bans George Soros foundation as state security ‘threat’

    November 30, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Russia has banned a pro-democracy charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, saying it posed a threat to both state security and the Russian constitution.

    In a statement released on Monday, Russia's General Prosecutor's Office said two branches of...

  • Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace

    November 30, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    A Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace but was not shot down, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    The jet breached Israeli airspace by a mile and turned back when Russia was informed of its mistake, Yaalon said Sunday during an interview on Israel Public Radio....

  • Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

    November 25, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

    Underscoring the message, Russian...

  • Surviving crew member of Russian jet says no warning from Turkey

    November 25, 2015 | 8:08 am

    The surviving crew member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said on Wednesday the plane received no warnings from the Turkish Air Force and did not fly over Turkish air space, Russian news agencies reported.

    Turkey shot down the Russian plane near the Syrian border on...

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    November 24, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Islamic State says ‘Schweppes bomb’ used to bring down Russian plane

    November 18, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes drink it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

    The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold...

  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; new suspect sought

    November 17, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance.

    Islamic State has claimed...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    November 16, 2015 | 9:35 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • Russia, Iran have signed contract for missile system delivery

    November 9, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday.

    "S-300, the air defense...

  • Russia suspends Egypt flights as Western intelligence backs bomb theory

    November 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Russia suspended all passenger flights to Egypt on Friday after a deadly plane crash at the weekend as Western officials said intelligence "chatter" supported the theory that the jet was brought down by a bomb. 

    Putin's decision was a response to the crash of an Airbus A321...

  • U.S. says 85-90 percent of Russian strikes hit moderate Syria rebels

    November 4, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Eighty-five to 90 per cent of Russian strikes in Syria have hit the moderate Syrian opposition, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

    Russia boosted its military support for President Bashar al-Assad's fight against rebels in the...

  • Obama says Syria deployment doesn’t break no ‘boots on ground’ pledge

    November 2, 2015 | 5:57 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

    "Keep in mind that we have run special ops...

  • Parents receive body of first Russian to die in Syria, doubt suicide

    October 27, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

    In an interview with Reuters at their...

  • Syrian rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us

    October 26, 2015 | 10:01 am

    An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar Assad.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on...

  • In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel

    October 12, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable.

    The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid bare Moscow’s readiness to use force to punish leaders who would challenge its...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    October 12, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • Kerry told Lavrov concerned Russia’s targets in Syria not Islamic State

    October 8, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry had a 30-minute telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday to express concern that Russia's targets in Syria were not related to Islamic State.

    "The Secretary repeated our concerns about the preponderance...

  • U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

    October 8, 2015 | 10:58 am

    U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

    The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

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