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  • For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability

    March 3, 2015 | 9:59 am

    During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the...

  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    February 27, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday.

    Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    February 24, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Kremlin says Putin, Obama urge swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine

    February 10, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted in a phone call on Tuesday the need for a political solution to the "internal" conflict in Ukraine to swiftly end the bloodshed there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin also said the two...

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  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    January 27, 2015 | 8:55 am

    When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp near...

  • Worst east Ukraine shelling for month; cease-fire looks in doubt

    November 10, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end...

  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    September 12, 2014 | 9:51 am

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

    The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's...

  • Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling

    September 7, 2014 | 10:52 am

    A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, jeopardizing a cease-fire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

    The accord, brokered by envoys...

  • Obama says hopeful but sceptical of Ukraine cease-fire

    September 5, 2014 | 9:39 am

    President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but sceptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds.

    He also said he was leaving a two-day NATO summit in Wales...

  • The fury (and boredom) of war

    By Simone Wilson

    August 6, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    On a blistering afternoon in southern Israel on Aug. 4, about eight miles from Gaza at the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 34, soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took cover in the shade of a makeshift rest stop — one of dozens set up throughout the south during...

  • Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

    August 4, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

    The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and...

  • Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

    July 28, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.

    Troops recaptured two rebel-held...

  • Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

    July 18, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow.

    Calling the deaths of almost 300 people from...

  • Russia’s Putin discusses Malaysian plane crash with Obama, Kremlin says

    July 17, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation told U.S. President Barack Obama that a Malaysian airplane crashed on Ukrainian territory, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

    The two leaders held a pre-planned call on the situation in Ukraine during which information became available from air traffic controllers about the crash.

    Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Thomas Grove

  • Putin thanks rabbis for communities’ fight against Nazi revival

    July 10, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked senior rabbis from Israel and Europe for what he called their help in Russia’s fight against the revival of Nazism.

    Putin made the statement on Wednesday during a meeting in the Russian capital with more than a dozen prominent rabbis,...

  • Ukraine threatens rebels with ‘nasty surprise’ in new push

    July 8, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise," while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence...

  • Ukraine forces attack rebel positions, Putin growls

    July 1, 2014 | 10:32 am

    Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".

    His decision quickly drew fire...

  • Ukraine’s Poroshenko ends ceasefire, renews operations against rebels

    June 30, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he would renew operations against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, a statement on his website said, hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

    "We will attack and free our lands. The decision not to...

  • Ukraine leaders meet security chiefs as ceasefire end nears

    June 30, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a meeting of his security chiefs on Monday to decide whether to extend a shaky ceasefire in the war against separatists that was due to lapse at 10 p.m. (1500 ET).

    Poroshenko consulted the national security and defense council after...

  • Putin seeks better ties with West but blasts U.S. over Ukraine

    May 23, 2014 | 8:48 am

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he wanted better ties with the West but fiercely criticized U.S. policy on Ukraine and the global economy – and acknowledged that sanctions were hurting Russia.

    In a speech to foreign and Russian businessmen gathered at Russia's answer to...

  • UK’s Prince Charles likens Russia’s Putin to Hitler, Paper

    May 21, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler over his stance on Ukraine, according to a British newspaper.

    During a royal tour of Canada, the 65-year-old prince told a Jewish woman who fled from...

  • As crucial vote nears, Ukrainian activists warn candidates: Don’t betray us

    May 20, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Even in normal times, Kiev can feel like a city perpetually under construction. Potholes are “fixed” with flimsy coverings, ramshackle scaffolding clings precariously to the sides of buildings, and tangles of electric wires seem ever ready to combust.

    But since the outbreak of...

  • 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...

  • Both sides bury dead as Ukraine slides towards war

    May 6, 2014 | 9:39 am

    Both sides have been burying their dead as Ukraine slides further towards war, with supporters of Russia and of a united Ukraine accusing each other of tearing the country apart.

    Tuesday morning was quieter than past days in eastern and southern Ukraine, but the deadliest week...

  • Russia makes Holocaust denial illegal

    May 5, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law making Holocaust denial illegal.

    The law signed Monday makes denial of Nazi crimes or misrepresentation of the Soviet Union’s role in World War II punishable by up to five years in jail or a $14,000 fine.

    Both houses of Russia’s parliament approved the legislation last month.

    Russia already bans public display of Nazi symbols.

    Comparisons with Nazi Germany have arisen in recent months amid Russia’s conflict with Ukrainian nationalists.

  • When Will Morality Win?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 2, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! There is the Ukraine, the Donald Sterling Fiasco, etc. We are living in a time that is rife with Moral Issues and we seem to be making Free-Will IMMORAL choices rather than Free-Will MORAL choices. What is happening? I don’t claim to have THE...

  • Political fever rises as Ukraine breaks apart

    May 2, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Cross the Crimean sparkling wine off the list. The lingerie from Luhansk and felt boots from Donetsk could be next.

    Financial journalist Yulia Sarotsyna spent a year living only off products made in Ukraine for a relentlessly upbeat blog to promote local brands. On the road for...

  • Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings

    May 1, 2014 | 3:35 pm

    Russia staged a huge May Day parade on Moscow's Red Square for the first time since the Soviet era on Thursday, with workers holding banners proclaiming support for President Vladimir Putin after the seizure of territory from neighboring Ukraine.

    Thousands of trade unionists...

  • 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...

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