In Russia, with love

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a series of security and commerce-related agreements with Russia during a visit to Moscow this week.

The visit commemorated 25 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and was a sign of the improving ties between their leaders.


Mikhail Fridman: I steered clear of politics because I am Jewish

By Sandy Rashty, April 6, 2016

Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has revealed how he avoided pursuing a career in politics because of his Jewish identity.


Israel still sees Russia as key player despite Syria pullout

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israel is closely monitoring what it considers to be Russia's ongoing influence in Syria following President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday that he would pull most of his jet fighters out of the war-torn country.

Despite some initial fears of a Russia-Iran axis on its northern border, the Israeli government was largely satisfied with the level of military co-operation Moscow maintained


Dustin Hoffman: 'People ask me, what are you? I say: ‘I’m a Jew'.'

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman broke down in tears while learning about his great-grandmother, who escaped a Russian concentration camp.


'Jewish people should be able to meet with the most powerful leaders in the world' says Board chief after meeting

By Josh Jackman, February 21, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has defended his decision to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The communal head spoke to the Russian president at the Kremlin on January 19, as part of a European Jewish Congress delegation.

Mr Arkush said at the Board plenary on Sunday that though Jews had endured "a difficult, difficult history" in Russia, the meeting had been a good idea.


Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush to meet Vladimir Putin

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush is to be part of an international delegation that will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week.


Israel and Russia reinforce ties as Middle East storm rages

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu had not been planning to attend the climate conference in Paris - environmental protection and global warming is not high on the Israeli prime minister's agenda.


France will now hold its nose and join Russia to crush Caliphate

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

Beyond Friday night's carnage in Paris, there were two crucial developments this week. First, there is the emerging realisation in the West that Daesh is no longer just bolstering its Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq but is now planning and carrying out major terror attacks in Europe.


Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Vladimir Putin is no friend of the Jews. So says William Browder, the American-born Jewish tycoon who describes himself as the leader's "number one enemy" in his book: Red Notice.

Browder, 51, is on a mission to bring down the Russian president, the feared leader who has helped transform this world-renowned financier into a leading human rights activist.


Jewish woman killed in Russian plane crash

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

A young Jewish woman was among the 224 victims believed to have been killed on board a Russian plane that crashed in Egypt this week.

Anna Tishinskaya, 27, was on the chartered flight travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular resort destination in the north of Egypt, to St Petersburg in Russia. The plane crashed in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.