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Russian philanthropists bound for London

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

A delegation of leading Russian Jewish philanthropists is to visit London this weekend to discuss business and charity-giving with representatives of British Jewry.

Mikhail Mirilashvili, God Nisanov, German Khan and Mikhal Fridman were due to arrive on Thursday night with their families to spend Shabbat here.

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Spy post reveals scale of threat that Israel faces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The existence of a Syrian electronic surveillance base at Al-Hara, just a few miles from the Israeli border on the Golan, has been known about for decades. And the close ties between the Syrian regime and Russia's military and intelligence agencies were never much of a secret.

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Israel should beware ally Russia

By Azriel Bermant, September 23, 2014

According to a report this week on Israel's Channel 2, a Ukrainian delegation recently met Israeli officials to discuss purchasing drones, probably to be used against Russian-backed separatists. Israel's Foreign Ministry blocked the sale, fearing that the deal would upset Russia.

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The poison in the Kremlin

By Oliver Kamm, September 11, 2014

The disturbing recrudescence of antisemitism in Europe is not only connected with Gaza and the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Last year, I interviewed on stage Anne Applebaum, the historian, about her book, Iron Curtain. It's a magnificent account of the postwar subjugation of Eastern Europe by Soviet communism, an ideology in which antisemitism played a role.

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Rachael Neustadt: "We are together as a family again. Now we just need time to heal"

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Flanked by a child psychologist and court officials, Rachael Neustadt stood nervously at the doorway of a Moscow apartment, praying that the two sons from whom she had been separated for almost two years would be on the other side.

For much of that time, her only contact had been via Skype when the ex-husband who kidnapped them decreed.

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Israeli among victims of Malaysian plane disaster

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

An Israeli man was among 298 people killed in the attack on a Malaysian Airlines plane yesterday afternoon.

Itamar Avnon was on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine in what has been described as an act of terrorism.

Mr Avnon, an IDF paratrooper who fought in Operation Cast Lead, was on his way to Australia.

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Jewish life in east will disappear, says Ukrainian leader

By Orlando Radice, July 11, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Confederation of Jewish Organisations believes that in the long term, Jewish life in eastern Ukraine is doomed.

Mr Zissels, speaking ahead of a conference on Jewish life in the Ukraine at University College London last week, estimated that around one third of the Jewish population in the east had already left, with a large majority looking to escape.

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Michael Sherbourne the man who helped to free millions

By Colin Shindler, June 26, 2014

During the summer of 1970 while working as the political secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students, I received a telephone call from an irate caller who told me that the spelling of the organisation's name in Russian on its headed notepaper was incorrect.

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Soviet Jewry campaigner Michael Sherbourne dies

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2014

Soviet Jewry activist Michael Sherbourne, has died at the age of 97.

London-born Mr Sherman played an important role in the campaign to win Jews the right to emigrate from the Soviet Union during the 1070s.

And coined the term '"refusnik" to describes Jews who had been denied permission to leave.

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Irina Nevzlin Kogan: the oligarch's daughter who charmed Shimon Peres

By Jenni Frazer, May 27, 2014

Fundraisers, I am willing to bet, don’t get much more disarming than Irina Nevzlin Kogan. Alabaster of skin and sporting no jewellery except the most discreet of wedding bands, Kogan, 36, excuses herself before we even start to talk. She needs to call her babysitter back in Israel to make sure her two small children, aged five and three, are OK.

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