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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Assad: ‘I will hand over chemical weapons’

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he will hand over his country’s chemical weapons to the international community.

Speaking on Russian television, Mr Assad stated that “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”


Mother flies to Moscow to fight for return of sons

By Sandy Rashty, September 12, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish mother has won a landmark hearing in the legal battle to bring her boys back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt said she was “full of tears of relief” after the Moscow City Court ruled in her favour yesterday.


Israel and US in joint missile test

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Israel has conducted a joint weapons test in the Mediterranean with America.

Two missiles were fired from the centre of the sea towards the coastline to check the effectiveness of Israel’s US-funded missile defence system.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said that two “ballistic objects” had been spotted on its early warning radar system at 7:16am BST.


Jewish gay groups back Stephen Fry over Russian anti-gay law

By Zoe Winograd, August 15, 2013

Jewish Gays and lesbians have praised Stephen Fry over his stand against the Russian anti-gay law.

The actor caused controversy when he highlighted the Moscow government’s recent decision to impose heavy fines for anyone providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.