Russia

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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Russia's digrace to journalism

By Oliver Kamm, March 27, 2014

If you wanted expert commentary on the politics of the Middle East, would you turn to Nick Griffin? You wouldn’t? That makes you different from a television channel that you may not have seen, but that has millions of viewers in the UK alone and has clocked up more than a billion views online.

It’s RT, founded in 2005 and known till 2009 as Russia Today.

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Russian Jew on board missing Malaysian Airlines plane

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2014

Nikolai Brodskii,from the Siberian city of Irkutsk, was among the 239 passengers on the flight that disappeared over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam on Saturday.

Rabbi Aharon Wagner from Irkutsk is believed to have contacted Mr Brodskii’s family after learning that he was on the plane.

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Danger looms in Crimea for Ukrainian Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community has appealed for help in the wake of the turmoil following the overturn of the government and invasion by Russia.

Rabbi Misha Kapustin, head of the Reform movement in Crimea, said the situation in Simferopol was becoming more threatening by the day.

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Winter Olympics will be safe, says rabbi of Sochi

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2014

Security experts and local Jewish figures have dismissed reports of terror threats during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening next week in Russia.

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Where's a Russian oligarch when you need one?

By Peter Rosengard, January 3, 2014

London’s flooded with Russian oligarchs — but can you find an oligarch when you want one? No, you can’t. I’ve been looking for one for over two years —hoping to find even a little oligarch to whom I can sell a billion-dollar life insurance policy: the perfect gift for the oligarch who has everything.

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Memo to Mr Putin: Stalin was a tyrant

By Colin Shindler, January 3, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s jocular comment, floating the possibility of erecting a statue of Stalin in Russia — since one of “the cruel dictator”, Cromwell, stood outside the House of Commons — clearly went down well among Russian nationalists.

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Children to return to Britain after mother wins court ruling in Russia

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

London mother Rachel Neustadt has won a ruling to get her children back from Russia after they were abducted by their father.

A Moscow City Court ruled that her two sons Daniel and Jonathan had been illegally kept in Russia in breach of a UK High Court order and ordered they be flown home with their mother, according to the BBC.

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Stephen Fry is 'evil', says anti-gay Russian politician

By Rosa Doherty, September 30, 2013

Stephen Fry has been labelled "evil" by Russian politician Vitaly Milonov over his views on gay rights in Russia.

Mr Fry criticised Russia’s anti-gay laws in March and called on David Cameron, Sebastian Coe and the International Olympic Committee to boycott the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics.

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Israel sceptical over chemical weapons ‘deal’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

Israeli officials were wary this week of responding to the Russian plan of securing Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

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