Russia

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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Mrs Cohen's diary: Mazeltov to my friend Roman and his countrymen

By Mrs Cohen, May 23, 2014

Reading the Sunday Times Rich List is always exciting – it’s almost like waiting for your children’s A-level results. There are all the congratulatory phone calls to make and a few miserable oligarchs who have fallen down the rankings. But I was delighted to see Awesome Alexander Knaster rising up the pile this year.

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Communal groups say Prince Charles' Hitler-Putin remark was 'inappropriate'

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

Communal leaders have expressed concern over Prince Charles’s comparison of Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler over the Russian president’s actions in Ukraine.

Prince Charles made the comment speaking to Shoah survivor Marianne Ferguson during a tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Judge ends battle of tycoons

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2014

Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a fresh claim in the British courts against tycoon Lev Leviev over a Angolan diamond deal worth more than a billion pounds.
High Court judge Mr Justice Mann granted an application from Mr Leviev, who is also of Russian-Israeli background, to strike out the case nearly two years after a previous court judgment.

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Coroner records open verdict on Berezovsky death

By Naomi Firsht , March 28, 2014

Mystery surrounds the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky after the coroner recorded an open verdict at his inquest.

The Jewish-born businessman was thought to have killed himself while suffering from depression after he lost £3billion in damages to Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich,

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