Russia

Mum’s hell as father runs off with two sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A Jewish mother has spoken of her ongoing “hell” in her legal battle to bring two of her sons back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt, 35, from Hendon, thought that her two elder sons, Daniel and Jonathan, had taken a two-week holiday to visit their Russian-born father’s family.

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‘Syrians want to take on Israel’, says Assad

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a Lebanese TV station that there is popular support for opening up a new front against Israel.

In an interview with Al-Manar television, Mr Assad said: “There is pressure by the people to open a new front in the Golan, and even in the Arab world there is readiness to join the fight against Israel.”

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Putin arms sale threatens meltdown in Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

The civil war in Syria threatened to escalate beyond its borders this week with the confirmation that Russia will supply Bashar al-Assad’s government with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. The new weapons are said to be capable of shooting down aircraft in Israeli airspace.

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Israel condemns Russian missile shipment to Syria

By Zoe Winograd, May 28, 2013

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister has confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with defence missiles.

Sergei Ryabkov told the press today that Russia plans to ship long-range S-300 air defence missiles to Syria in order to prevent foreign intervention by “hotheads”.

Israeli Minister of Intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz condemned the deal.

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British tax benefits attract foreign wealth

By Alex Brummer, April 26, 2013

Britain is once again a magnet for big businesses and the super rich because of its favourable tax scheme.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s attempt to lower the corporation tax rate to 20 per cent has encouraged offshore enterprises to return to Britain — including Sir Martin Sorrell’s leading advertising group WPP.

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Sharansky: my cuppas with Mrs T

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

The long incarceration of former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, now chairman of the Jewish Agency, was known to have been used by Margaret Thatcher as an example of the many wrongs perpetrated by the USSR.

But it was the fury of Mr Sharansky’s wife, Avital, over her husband’s imprisonment that drove Mrs Thatcher into a direct confrontation with the Soviet regime.

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Berezovsky’s Israel links

By Bernard Josephs, March 28, 2013

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead at his Surrey home last week by a bodyguard, has been reported as having had a deep relationship with Israel, including a period in which he held dual Russian-Israeli citizenship.

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Two guesses why Azerbaijan loves Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

The leaders of Azerbaijan believed that hosting the Eurovision song contest last year would transform their international image — only to become the focus of unwelcome attention from human rights organisations and critical coverage by the Western media.

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Meteorite damages Siberia shul

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

The meteorite that sent rock fragments raining down over Russia last Friday, injuring more than 500 people, damaged a Siberian shul during morning prayers.

Congregants were hurt and windows smashed at the Federation shul in the city of Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.

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Russia says Chabad stole manuscripts

By Nissan Tzur, January 31, 2013

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused Chabad of theft in the latest episode in Russia’s diplomatic row with the US over the ownership of the Schneerson Library.

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